Matthew D. Ritter

Campaign Finance Reform Triggers Partisan House Debate, But Democrats Pass Bill On Party Line Vote

Campaign Finance Reform Triggers Partisan House Debate, But Democrats Pass Bill On Party Line Vote

A bill to limit some types of political contributions to groups seeking to influence Connecticut elections triggered a partisan fight in the state House Thursday, with Republicans arguing that it leaves open major campaign finance loopholes.

Despite GOP warnings that the bill would be ruled unconstitutional, the Democratic House majority pushed the legislation through on a straight party line vote after nearly five hours of debate.

The 79-70 House vote sends the bill to the Senate, where it could have an even tougher time winning approval. The Senate is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, with Democratic Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman able to break tie votes in the...

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