Democrats optimistic about outside campaign money bill - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Democrats optimistic about outside campaign money bill

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Democratic leaders of the Connecticut House of Representatives say they're optimistic a bill that attempts to reduce the amount of outside money spent on state elections will clear a key legislative hurdle.

The General Assembly's Government Administration and Elections Committee was scheduled to vote Monday on a bill that would place an aggregate limit of $70,000 per calendar year on groups that make so-called independent expenditures. It requires more information to be disclosed publicly about who's making the contributions.

The legislation would also bar any "foreign-influenced" entity from making such expenditures or contributing to a group that makes them.

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.

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