Judge rules against Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim’s challenge to public campaign financing law

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A federal judge has ruled that Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim will not be eligible for public campaign financing if he should choose to run for Governor in 2018.

Ganim was in court Wednesday morning for a federal lawsuit against the State Elections Enforcement Commission, challenging the law that prohibits anyone convicted of a crime from receiving public campaign funds. The law was enacted after the Ernie Newton and Governor John Rowland convictions.

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Ganim does have a prior corruption conviction and is exploring a run for governor in 2018.

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It is unclear if this ruling means that Ganim will not run for Governor, or if he may attempt to appeal to a higher court.

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