Gov. Malloy, Lawmakers, Working on Campaign Finance Reform

The governor is in negotiations with legislators on a package that would have to be approved in another special session.


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is seeking broad campaign finance changes that would strengthen his re-election chances in 2014 and limit the possibilities of secret campaign finance donations.

Malloy and Democratic leaders in the General Assembly are meeting today to try to hammer out a compromise, according to a report on the Connecticut Mirror. An agreement is looking unlikely, the website report states, because of lingering issues that remain following Malloy's veto last week of a campaign finance disclosure bill.

The campaign finance issue has put Malloy at odds with fellow Democrats in the legislature, similar to the issue some Democrats had with the governor's measures earlier this year. That reform package, one of Malloy's central legislative initiatives, was eventually approved by the legislature earlier this year.

Catherine & Dennis June 25, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Everyone should send emails to the Gov and to Catherine.Smith@ct.gov to express your concern over our tax dollars going by the millions to companies that are Fortune 500 to bring jobs in. Dollar Tree is one of them being considered. The majority of the jobs would pay $25k a year, yet there are many class action lawsuits by employees against them for not paying the wage. They have recently given $10 million to their CEO to stay on and another Million to a college. Does this company need our tax money to come here? Please email the governor, Catherine Smith (see above) and all newspapers and say NO loud and clear.
Spiff June 26, 2012 at 02:40 PM
As the article points out, Malloy is more concerned with his own re-election than he is with doing the right thing for the people of CT. Taking a page out of his mentor's playbook the "Campaigner in Chief" (Obama), Malloy begins campaigning for re-election more than 2 years in advance. Why can't these guys simply be content with doing the right thing for the people they represent and then let their records speak for themselves when it comes time for re-election! Enough already with constantly trying to manipulate voter opinion and the system to increase your chances for re-election! Promote campaign finance reform because its the right thing to do, regardless of whether or not it'll help your re-election efforts. Just another example of why Malloy should not be re-elected, because he's more concerned with himself than the people of CT!
Albert Williams June 26, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I liked the Hurricane/Malloy analogy I heard yesterday...batten down the hatches, weather the storm, and when its over let's hope we can recover and rebuilt what this rotten surge has dealt us.
MAC June 26, 2012 at 04:04 PM
If they won't work on the REAL problems the DEMS have created, then I'm glad Dannel 88 and his party are fighting with each other. This is what they NEED to be doing: CUT the size of state government as Malloy promised when campaigning! Remember that he promised to consolidate agencies and have fewer managers and employees? "The state is only weeks away from borrowing money to pay for monthly operating expenses because its cash accounts are depleted to near-record lows. "Minority Republicans charged that bloated state spending is the culprit, along with savings predicted in last year's concession package with public employee unions that have not been realized. They warned that the cash pool for monthly payments that state Treasurer Denise Nappier promised to keep at about $700 million has averaged only $122 million over the last six months. She recently acknowledged to minority Republicans that her department plans to borrow money to pay monthly operating costs."... http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/State-running-out-of-cash-officials-say-3655452.php
Paul Chotkowski July 04, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Remember that in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Court held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions, it is the law of the Land - deal with it! Unions and Corporations are on equal footing! If you are going to require additional disclosure, the “fair” [ouch don’t yeah hate it when a conservative uses that word] thing to do is to require equal disclosure from all. That translates into disclosing the name of each rank-and-file union member and how much of their dues are donated to each campaign / candidate / issue advocate / PAC! If you create the precident that you need to know from whom, how much and to whom money is flowing than what is good for the PAC is good for the union - full and complete disclosure! If you want campaign finance reform, consider eliminating collective bargaining for non-public safety state, county, municipal, and agency employees, Right to Work, Recall and Initiative Petition legislation / Constitutional Amendments, and across the board term limits for elected office. Then you might actually get real world reform of a bloated, unresponsive, and oppressive state government without the need for another Declaration!


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