Sunday, July 21, 2024


House Tightens Disclosure, Loosens Spending Rules for Campaigns

By Mark Pazniokas

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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