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February 15, 2017

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

by Christine Stuart | February 15, 2017 5:30am

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 1:33pm

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 2:33pm

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 5:30am

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 4:46pm

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 1:17pm

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 4:30am

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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October 25, 2016

Republican Chairman: Democratic Candidate Is Violating Election Law By Using Trump

by Christine Stuart | October 25, 2016 4:30am

Photo of the mailer Connecticut Republican Party Chairman JR Romano is accusing, in an election complaint, a Democratic state Senate candidate of violating clean election laws by likening his Republican opponent to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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October 7, 2016

OP-ED | Can State GOP Parlay ‘Enthusiasm Gap’ Into A Win For Trump?

by Terry Cowgill | October 7, 2016 4:30am

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The state of Connecticut during presidential campaigns sort of mirrors our reputation nationally: we’re boring. The land of steady habits hasn’t voted Republican since Greenwich native George Herbert Walker Bush was looking to succeed his boss, Ronald Reagan, in 1988. Most recently, Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts, by a whopping 17 points in 2012.

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August 31, 2016

MetroHartford Alliance Seeks To Influence Political Debate Leading Up Election

by Christine Stuart | August 31, 2016 10:53pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo A second Connecticut business group is wading into the 2016 Election by forming a new political entity. The MetroHartford Alliance filed paperwork on Aug. 11 to create the MetroHartford Alliance Independent Expenditure Committee, or MHAIEC.

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