HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is beginning to review allegations lodged by state employee union leaders that a conservative think tank has deliberately tried to interfere with the ratification process of a key labor savings and concessions deal.

Spokesman Anthony Krize  said the attorney general received the request for an investigation on Monday from the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition, which alleges the Yankee Institute may have violated the state’s Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Krize said it’s undecided whether there will be an investigation.

SEBAC alleges the institute may have deliberately tried to sabotage the ongoing voting by sending union workers emails from a fake state email account.

The institute has strongly denied the allegations, calling them desperate and paranoid. The group has demanded an apology.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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