Lawyers return to court Tuesday in Malloy mailings dispute

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HARTFORD — Lawyers for state elections officials and the state Democratic Party will be returning to court in a dispute over whether the party illegally spent money on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election campaign last year.

The State Elections Enforcement Commission is investigating if the party improperly paid for a mass mailing supporting Malloy’s campaign with money from an account designated for federal office campaigns. Democrats say the mailing was a get-out-the-vote effort allowed by federal law.

A hearing that began in October is set to continue for a third day Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court. A judge will decide if election regulators can subpoena Democratic Party records.

Republicans say the Democrats’ federal campaign account included money from state contractors, who can contribute to federal office campaigns but not state office campaigns.