CT News: “The Citizens’ Election Program was passed to stop the pay-to-play culture that dominated our campaign finance system when John G. Rowland served as governor. For several election cycles, the program worked well and candidates had the opportunity to run free of special interest money if they chose to do so.
“This cycle, outside money spent in the gubernatorial race and in one state Senate race, has weakened the law and we must strengthen the program to provide candidates additional resources to get their message out in the face of outside funders. We also have to block candidates from coordinating with outside spenders by raising money for these entities.”
This was released in response to a piece criticizing the public financing system from a conservative nonprofit.
CT News; “Ask the third party candidates how they feel about the public finance system, or the Republicans who couldn’t meet the state’s high barriers to entry in the primary and general election.
“It is full-blown hypocrisy for the Democrats to say they support clean and open elections and then behave the way they did this campaign cycle.
“Look at newly-elected state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., who took money from the taxpayer-funded campaign system, then proceeded to spend hundreds of thousands more thanks to the state party.”