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April 7, 2017

Ganim Contemplates Statewide Office, Asks For Access To Public Funds

by Christine Stuart | April 7, 2017 2:22pm

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Convicted by a federal grand jury in 2003 on racketeering, extortion, bribery and mail fraud charges, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim— who made a successful political comeback in 2015 when he won re-election—is contemplating higher office.

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March 27, 2017

House Dems Continue Push To Change Campaign Laws

by Christine Stuart | March 27, 2017 6:30pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 8 p.m.) House Democratic leadership Monday vowed to continue its mission to increase disclosure and limit outside money being spent on Connecticut elections.

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March 7, 2017

SEEC Makes Pitch To Strengthen Campaign Laws

by Jack Kramer | March 7, 2017 6:30am

Courtesy of CT-N HARTFORD, CT — Two proposed bills that are designed to strengthen election reporting laws received the backing of the executive director of the State Elections Commission at a public hearing on Monday.

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February 15, 2017

Election Regulators Look to Clean Up Connecticut’s Clean Election Laws

by Christine Stuart | February 15, 2017 6:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT—The federal investigation ended with no charges being brought, but Connecticut’s election regulators are trying to quickly close a loophole that allows banned state contractors to give money to publicly financed candidates.

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February 2, 2017

Democrats Say Federal Inquiry Into 2014 Fundraising Is Over

by Christine Stuart | February 2, 2017 2:33pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo The Connecticut Democratic Party says the U.S. Attorney’s office has ended its investigation into whether the party illegally spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s 2014 re-election bid. Turns out It didn’t and no charges were brought.

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January 16, 2017

Democrats Pick Fight With Republicans Over Campaign Financing

by Christine Stuart | January 16, 2017 3:33pm

Christine Stuart / CTNewsJunkie Without a 2018 gubernatorial candidate to unite behind, the Connecticut Democratic Party appears to be trying to discredit Republican candidates who have expressed interest in the job.

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December 12, 2016

Controversial Labor Group Disbands Post-Election

by Christine Stuart | December 12, 2016 6:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo Labor United for Connecticut, the independent expenditure group that came under fire for its attack ads targeting Republicans, terminated its organization and refunded $109,384 to its member unions.

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November 10, 2016

Independent Expenditure Groups Scored Big In Connecticut On Election Day

by Christine Stuart | November 10, 2016 5:46pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo Outside groups that independently spent more than $1.4 million on Connecticut’s legislative races did well Tuesday.

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November 3, 2016

House Democrats Pitch Changes To Clean Election System; Republicans Say They’re Hypocrites

by Christine Stuart | November 3, 2016 2:17pm

Christine Stuart / CTNewsJunkie HARTFORD, CT — With less than a week left in the campaign, House Democratic leadership said they want to change Connecticut’s election clean law in a way that would create a challenge to Citizens United. Republican legislative leaders called the move hypocritical and desperate.

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Outside Spending Outpaces Clean Money From Parties, Leadership PACs

by Christine Stuart | November 3, 2016 5:30am

3dfoto via shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — When lawmakers changed Connecticut’s campaign finance system in 2013, they uncapped the amount of money state parties could spend on clean election candidates. The Democratic majority’s argument at the time was that the new law would help thwart last minute spending from outside groups. But this year, more independent expenditure groups  — aka “outside groups”  — are spending money.

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