Campaign Finance

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Connecticut’s Public Campaign Finance Program started a decade ago. A new report from a non partisan nonprofit, called Common Cause, says it should be a model across the country.

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Earlier this week, the state’s public campaign finance commission issued a plan to allow candidates for state offices to receive public matching grants for some campaign donations under $250. But advocates worry that the final report left out a key legal clause and that could jettison the entire program, if any one part of it is successfully challenged in court.

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The state’s public campaign finance commission voted on a package of bills that would enact a public matching donor program, and put strict new limits on the abilities of minor parties to qualify to be on the ballot. The meeting was at times interrupted by protesters, who compared the commission’s actions to that of President Donald Trump, and some government reform groups say they can’t support the final product.   

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Reform groups say they are dismayed with the direction of a commission appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to implement a public campaign finance system for state elected offices. The commission has just two more meetings before it issue its final report.

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Some members of a commission that’s creating the rules for a public campaign finance system for state elected offices are concerned that the plans being developed would be too favorable to incumbent politicians.  

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