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Dan Haar: How One Senate Race Shows Election Finance Loophole Abuses

Dan Haar: How One Senate Race Shows Election Finance Loophole Abuses

Essex First Selectman Norm Needleman, the Democrat challenging Sen. Art Linares in the district that stretches down to Old Saybrook, has long supported his party and fellow Democrats with donations.

That continued this year, as Needleman, his son, Matt, and an employee at his company gave $5,000 each to the party's state central committee over the summer.

Now the party is helping Needleman, the 65-year-old owner of a local manufacturing company, with $10,000 in campaign assistance for his bid to unseat Linares, R-Westbrook, who's seeking a third term at age 28. The money, outlined in a state filing, was spent on a poll for Needleman in the hotly contested race.

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