Saturday, June 01, 2013
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
The Connecticut House voted 71 to 59 early today to revise sweeping campaign finance reforms adopted in 2005 after scandal toppled a governor, with Democrats and Republicans arguing whether the changes represented progress or backsliding.
The legislation is a double-barreled reaction to the Citizens United case permitting unlimited independent expenditures: It requires greater disclosure of the resources behind of those expenditures, but it allows party committees to play the same game.
Rep. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield, said the measure was less a reform than an endorsement of a political arms race in which legislative leadership PACs and party committees now can make their own unlimited expenditures.
“If we can’t beat ‘em, let’s join em?” Hwang said.
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