Outraged by what it alleges to be a violation of a campaign finance agreement, the .
Specifically, the Canty campaign expressed opposition to recent cash contributions made by The Great New England Public Schools Alliance in an effort to get the word out in support of Canty's opponent, Hartford's Brandon McGee — contributions totally nearly $40,000.
Monday evening, GNEPSA responded to the Canty campaign, which condemned the contributions as an attempt "to steal the election."
"Sadly this is just another desperate attack from an increasingly desperate campaign," said GNEPSA spokesperson Jeri Powell. "The image the Canty campaign filed a complaint over is already available on Brandon McGee's public Facebook page in support of President Barack Obama."
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In the Canty campaign's complaint, it alleges get-out-the-vote efforts funded by GNEPSA were completed with cooperation from the McGee campaign because "circulating literature with a picture of Brandon McGee that does not appear on any of his own campaign literature and could only have been obtained by coordination of this expenditure with the McGee campaign."
"It is telling that Leo Canty would be willing to waste taxpayer dollars adjudicating a claim that can be easily shot down by spending two minutes on Google simply in an attempt to advance his personal political agenda," Powell said.
GNEPSA's cash support of the McGee campaign began on September 26, and included printing literature, financing canvassing and setting up a phone bank.