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Publicly financed candidates buoyed by PAC spending

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Publicly financed candidates technically campaign with the same limited budget, but as of last week both Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Tom Foley had super PAC allies pouring outside money into the race.

On Thursday, a conservative super PAC paid a California firm $193,000 to produce a television ad. The group is called Grow Connecticut, and its filings with state election regulators indicate that former state Republican Party Executive Director Elizabeth Kurantowicz is its treasurer.

The super PAC paid for the ad on the same day the state Republican Party filed a complaint with regulators, which alleged illegal coordination between another group, called Connecticut Forward, and Malloy’s campaign.

Connecticut Forward spent more than $91,200 in July on pollsters and consultants to help augment Malloy’s publicly funded campaign. It spent $12,000 to produce its own ad against Foley, another $6,000 on a website, and $4,200 on consultants.The group was created and bankrolled by the Democratic Governors Association. Malloy is a member of the group and previously served as its finance chair.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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