Matthew D. Ritter

Lawmakers Seek Campaign Finance Reform After Petit Ad

Lawmakers Seek Campaign Finance Reform After Petit Ad

The presumptive House Speaker called Thursday for changes in the state campaign finance laws with more disclosure on commercials by Republican funders like Wal-Mart and the Koch brothers.

But Republicans countered that reform cuts both ways, and they want more disclosure about exactly who funded pro-Democratic campaigns like the recent one against Dr. William Petit, a Republican in a tight legislative race in Plainville.

Both sides want individual donors to be disclosed at certain levels for contributions to third-party political action committees. The third-party PACs have been playing an increasingly large role in elections ever since the U.S. Supreme Court opened the...

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