HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A state elections panel has fined a University of Connecticut professor, who provided consulting services to former Gov. M. Jodi Rell, $2,000 for hiring two graduate students to work on a poll.

The State Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday approved an agreement it had reached with Ken Dautrich, an associate professor of public policy at UConn.

The commission determined that Dautrich, by using the student labor in 2008, defrayed polling expenses that should have been covered by Rell’s exploratory committee for governor. The commission’s report determined that Rell’s committee treasurer was not informed that the costs had been defrayed.

Messages were left seeking comment with Dautrich, who signed off on the stipulated agreement with the commission.

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

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