AG FINDS POTENTIAL IMPROPER USE OF BYSIEWICZ’ OFFICE DATABASE BUT CANNOT DETERMINE SHE DID ANYTHING WRONG

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says his office’s review of a complaint against Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz has found that it was “not proper” for Bysiewicz, to use a 36,000-name database to identify the “religion, race and ethnicity of more than 2,400 citizens. He also found it improper to keep “descriptions of medical issues, choice of clothing, and favored political candidates,” his report said. He has referred the case to the state’s top prosecutor, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane.

But he also found “there is insufficient information to determine who included these campaign records in the state database and for what purpose, we are unable to conclude whether [the law] was violated…Compiling and including names of political party delegates in a state database is not illegal. Sworn testimony states that similar information was requested from the Republican Party but was not provided.”

And “…the evidence does not clearly demonstrate that the information on delegates in the Secretary of State’s database was solely obtained to benefit a Susan Bysiewicz campaign.” In other words, he found very little that is definitive.

It’s up to Kane now.