Connecticut Democrats hope to rein in outside campaign cash

Connecticut State representatives at the Capitol (AP Photo / Jessica Hill)
Connecticut State representatives at the Capitol (AP Photo / Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The two likely, incoming Democratic leaders of the Connecticut House of Representatives say they’ll offer legislation next session that will attempt to reduce the amount of outside money spent on state elections.

House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM’-oh-wits), the anticipated new House Speaker, and Rep. Matthew Ritter, the anticipated majority leader, said Thursday that voters don’t know who is paying for ads that attempt to influence state races.

While Connecticut has a strict public campaign financing system in place, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has allowed outside groups to spend unlimited sums on campaign advertising independent of the candidate.

House Minority Leader Themis Klarides (THEHM’-his KLEHR’-ih-dehs) says not a lot can be done at the state level but she’s open to discussing ways to make the process more transparent.
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