Connecticut Settlement Affirms States' Ability to Enforce Tough Campaign Money Laws
June 16, 2016
Connecticut’s groundbreaking election reform laws have passed a critical test with the agreement of state Democrats to pay $325,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing them of skirting the rules to use donations from state contractors to boost Gov. Dannel Malloy’s reelection campaign, Common Cause said today.
Updated: A Young Voter's Story of Confusion and Misinformation at the Polls
April 28, 2016
Peter Flynn, 17, a senior at Middletown High School in Middletown, CT, ran into a bureaucratic buzzsaw when he went to cast his first-ever vote on Tuesday
Public Financing for Elections: Does it Really Matter?
November 19, 2015
In 2005, the Connecticut General Assembly, urged on by an intense grassroots advocacy effort, passed the first comprehensive public financing system for state elections in the nation. The kick off election cycle was 2008, and in that year and ever since, at least 74% of all candidates choose to participate in the system of public financing, called the Citizens’ Election Program. So, has public financing really made a difference? The answer is a resounding, YES! So why are state Democrats proposing to kill the program? That is completely unclear, but leadership has proposed cutting $11.7 million from the Citizens’ Election Fund, effectively wiping out Connecticut’s public financing program.
Common Cause: Democrats Are Not Above the Law
August 5, 2015
Common Cause in Connecticut calls on the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee (CDSCC) to drop its challenges to the state’s successful Clean Elections Law, the latest lawsuit filed in Superior Court Monday.
How badly has Citizens United damaged our democracy?
February 20, 2015
Bill Moyer explores a new report from the Brennan Center on just how bad things have gotten.