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NEW REPORT--Fresh Start: The Impact of Public Campaign Financing in Connecticut

Demos released a new report today: Fresh Start: The Impact of Public Financing in Connecticut, which details the success of the Citizens Election Program in the state.

Here are some key findings in the report:

Join Nick Nyhart and Rep. John Larson in West Hartford

Public Campaign Action Fund President Nick Nyhart will join Congressman John Larson (D-Conn.) in West Hartford, Connecticut on Tuesday to talk about the Fair Elections Now Act and other ways we can put our elections back in the hands of everyday people

Here are the details:

Connecticut: Citizens' Election Program is Making a Difference

After two cycles, it's fair to say that Connecticut's Citizens' Election Program has been a resounding success. With more than three quarters of the seats in the General Assembly and all of the statewide seats held by Clean Elections officials, Connecticut has truly seen the impact of taking big money out of politics and putting voters back in.

State Rep. Bob Godfrey (D) recently commented on the close of the legislative session and how marked the change really is with the Citizens' Election Program:

2010's Top 10 Money and Politics Stories

By: David Donnelly and Adam Smith

Whether it was apologizing to BP, the Fair Elections Now Act passing out of a U.S. House committee, or the Supreme Court declaring that corporations were people when it comes to spending money in elections, 2010 was a big year for news about money in the political process. Here's our top ten list. Leave your suggestions in the comments.

Connecticut Secretary of State To Come Out In Support Of States' Citizens' Election Program

The New Haven Register reports that Connecticut Secretary of State and potential gubernatorial candidate, Susan Bysiewicz, plans to file a “friend of the court” brief today with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York in support of the Citizens' Election Program.


Baltimore Sun Editorial Urges Maryland General Assembly to Push Ahead with Clean Elections

The Baltimore Sun has an editorial today that urges Maryland lawmakers to push ahead with Clean Elections legislation next session despite an unfavorable court ruling in Connecticut.


"The bottom line is that nothing in Judge Underhill's opinion should deter the Maryland General Assembly from moving forward with reforms next year."


Court Upholds Connecticut pay-to-play law

A federal court on Friday upheld Connecticut's ban on campaign contributions from lobbyists and state contractors, part of a large package of ethics and campaign reform measures passed following the conviction of former Gov. John Rowland.

When Gov. Rowland of Connecticut pled guilty to corruption charges in 2005, he acknowledged accepting bribes from contractors in return for awarding those contractors business with the state.

Young People and Clean Elections

The millennials, those of us who grew up in the 1990s and 2000s got a lot of attention in the 2008 election cycle. Yes we were excited about the 2008 election, but were we actually going to cast our ballot on Election Day?

Clean Elections candidates win nearly 400 seats.

Clean Elections programs expanded in this week’s election as voters in six states showed their approval of the system that gives citizens greater authority of their government. At least 376 Clean Elections officials were elected on Tuesday, and that number could grow as more election results are determined. See the full release here.



Debating Clean Elections

It’s down to the wire and candidates on both sides of the political aisle are trading barbs on corruption and campaign contributions.