In May 2014, Common Cause Connecticut joined with allies in filing two amici briefs urging a federal court to deny a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit attacking Connecticut’s campaign finance laws. The plaintiff sought to make unlimited “independent” expenditures in support of a gubernatorial candidate while the candidate simultaneously fundraised for the plaintiff. Such actions would undermine Connecticut’s campaign finance coordination, contribution limit and disclosure laws as well as the strength of the state’s groundbreaking public financing program. In June, a federal court judge denied the plaintiff’s request for a preliminary injunction and partially dismissed the case.
Common Cause was represented by the Campaign Legal Center and the law firm of Fazzano & Tomasiewicz in these amici briefs.