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Elections regulator says Connecticut’s campaign finance system will withstand SCOTUS’ decision

HARTFORD, Conn. – State Elections Enforcement Commission Chair Anthony Castagno said the SEEC is “troubled” by this week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision removing aggregate campaign contribution caps, but is confident Connecticut’s public financing system will “withstand” the decision.

In its ruling this week on McCutcheon v. FEC, the nation’s high court struck down restrictions on the total contributions one individual can make to candidates, political parties, or PACs during an election cycle.

Castagno said the SEEC is reviewing how the decision will impact Connecticut campaign finance law, but believes it “further erodes our country’s founding principles that the government exists for all the people, not just a few.”

However, Castagno said the state public campaign finance system still contains strong disclosure requirements and rules on fundraising for the candidates who use it.

“With almost 80 percent of our legislature and 100 percent of constitutional officers elected without special interest money, Connecticut’s campaign finance system can withstand decisions like McCutcheon,” he said.

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