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Opinion: Can’t stop the campaign cash flow

Susan Bigelow
Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

About a decade ago, after John Rowland was chased from office, the state’s leaders decided once and for all to reduce the influence of campaign money on politics and government. The legislature passed a sweeping campaign finance reform bill, which, among other things, instituted a public finance system for state campaigns and banned campaign donations from state contractors.

So, how did that turn out?

To give you an idea, this week the State Elections Enforcement Commission ruled on a case where the CEO of Northeast Utilities, which quite obviously does plenty of business with the state, sent an email to company managers prodding them to donate money to the state Democratic Party’s federal campaign account in support of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election bid.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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