Conn. Democrats defend campaign finance bill

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Democrats are defending a new campaign finance law former Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell says dismantles ethics, contracting and campaign reforms she signed into law.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said Connecticut "still has among the toughest campaign finance laws in the country" and this year's "adjustments are a small, measured response" to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on campaign spending.

In a letter to the editor published last week in several newspapers, Rell wrote: "How sad that the Democrat governor, Democrat legislators and the Democrat Party are so greedy for campaign cash that they would so willingly destroy what we so proudly enacted just a few short years ago."

Sharkey said Rell "became a convert" to campaign finance reform when it became politically expedient.

Rell left office in 2011.


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