James Sample of the Brennan Center applauds Connecticut for turning the corner with its new Clean Elections program, which received an early trial this week in a special election to succeed State Rep. Richard Beldon, who passed away earlier this year. The two candidates for Beldon's seat in the 113th district, Republican Jason Perillo and Democrat James Orazietti, ran under the new full public financing program.
Working to make it's "Corrupticut" image a thing of the past after the imprisonment of then-Governor John Rowland, Connecticut's legislature and Rowland's success, Governor Jodi Rell, debated a Clean Elections system for the state. In 2005, the legislature passed a bill to create the program and the Governor signed it. Now we are seeing it put into practice, and Sample urges Congress to take similar steps to repair its own corruption-tarnished image.