Sprague's Enslow files complaint against opponent Dubitsky in state House race

Norwich - The campaign manager for Republican 47th District state House of Representative primary candidate Noah Enslow has filed an election complaint against opponent Doug Dubitsky for allegedly failing to properly report campaign expenses.

Enslow of Sprague, Dubitsky of Chaplin and Michael Meadows of Sprague are vying for the party endorsement to challenge incumbent Democrat Brian Sear of Canterbury for the 47th District seat. None of the three Republicans won the endorsement at the May district convention.

The district includes the northern section of Norwich and the towns of Sprague, Lisbon, Franklin, Scotland, Lebanon, Chaplin, Canterbury and Hampton.

In his complaint filed July 17 with the state Election Enforcement Commission, Thomas Bummett alleged that Dubitsky failed to list details of several campaign expenses in his campaign finance report in July, including large campaign banners, fundraiser expenses, printing costs for brochures and his resume and campaign consulting services.

Bummett included copies of the campaign material, a photo of supporters carrying signs during a Canterbury parade and a photo of Dubitsky at a fundraiser as evidence.

Bummett said prior to the complaint, Dubitsky only reported four expenses with general descriptions, such as "advertising" and "meeting room," and only reported minimal banking service charges.

"Based on my experience as a campaign manager and review many other candidates' campaign finance disclosure statements," Bummett wrote in the complaint, "I feel strongly that Doug Dubitsky is not disclosing all of his campaign expenditures."

Dubitsky on Thursday called the complaint "completely and utterly bogus" and said "the expenses, all the expenses, have been declared." He said Bummett just believed that the expenses should have cost more than the reported amounts.

Enslow disputed that claim and said the complaint was not politically motivated. He said he and his campaign staff spent a week asking Dubitsky to file amended finance reports to enumerate the expenses to no avail. But after Bummett filed the complaint, Dubitsky's campaign filed three amendments to the state Elections Enforcement Commission with more detailed information.

Enslow said the amended reports contain most of the information Bummett had sought from Dubitsky's campaign.

All three candidates have qualified for the state Citizens' Election Program, which awards public grants to candidates who have raised a required amount through small-donor contributions. Each candidate is receiving $11,140 for the Aug. 12 primary, and the winner will receive $27,850 for the general election.

"The CEP, the whole spirit of the thing is to keep all of us on a level playing field," Enslow said "Unfortunately we had to file a complaint to get the information."


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