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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Campaign Finance Reform to become a reality?

From Democracy for Connecticut
Yesterday the Democratic State Senate and House Leaders announced a compromise plan to make Connecticut the leading state in the nation for clean elections. They plan to bring this to a vote tomorrow, and they need our help in convincing reluctant members to vote for this historic legislation.

The plan, which takes effect after the 2006 elections, bans all contributions from lobbyists and contractors, sharply limits PAC contributions to campaigns, and provides generous funding to candidates who "opt in" and can also meet tough local fundraising thresholds.

The plan is not perfect, but it is strongly supported by the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, and the Connecticut Citizen Action Group (CCAG). All three groups joined Democratic legislative leaders in Hartford yesterday in praising the agreement and calling for its enactment.

I don't know if this is going to pass but hopefully the Democrats and Republicans can reach a compromise and pass some type of reform.

Gehghis Conn over at Connecticut Local Politics has been all over this issue and I'm sure he'll post his two cents soon.