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Outside spending on governor’s race topped $18 million

Tom Foley and Dannel P. Malloy

Outside spending on Connecticut’s closely contested race for governor reached a record $18.2 million in 2014, a five-fold increase from 2010 that dwarfed the $6.5 million in public financing allotted to each of the major-party candidates. But fears of heavy independent spending on legislative races went unrealized. Continue Reading →

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Cost of super PAC attack on Malloy reaches $7.3 million

True in 2012, but not in 2013.

Grow Connecticut, the Republican super PAC, is closing its effort to unseat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with its toughest ad of the campaign, a piece that is largely based on outdated economic data and backed by a $600,000 contribution that brings the group’s total spending to $7.3 million. Continue Reading →

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‘Dark money’ group puts up $1 million to attack Malloy

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A new player entered Connecticut’s race for governor Saturday as a “dark money” group from Ohio contributed $1.17 million to Grow Connecticut, the super PAC behind a $6.7 million advertising campaign to defeat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Outside spending now is $15 million. Continue Reading →

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Super PACs make Newtown an issue in the CT governor’s race

A scene from Michael Bloomberg's commercial attacking Tom Foley and praising Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

In the final days of Connecticut’s deadlocked race for governor, two super PACs are making $2.4 million in independent expenditures on advertising praising Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s push for a sweeping gun control law after the Newtown school massacre and criticizing Tom Foley’s support for repeal. Continue Reading →

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RGA to DGA: We’ll see that $200K, and raise you $400K

A super PAC allied with the Democratic Governors Association reported another $200,000 in receipts at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, bringing its total investment in Connecticut’s governor’s race to $4.4 million. At 6:06 p.m., the PAC allied with the Republican Governors Association reported another $574,500, bringing its total to $5.7 million. Continue Reading →

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George Soros joins ranks of donors to CT Democrats

The financier George Soros was among two billionaires making a maximum contribution of $10,000 to the Connecticut Democratic Party in September, helping the party raise $628,889, according to a filing Monday with the Federal Election Commission. Continue Reading →

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Outside spending on CT’s governor race tops $10M

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Outside spending on Connecticut’s deadlocked race for governor blew past $10 million Friday night as the Republican and Democratic governors associations reported another $1.4 million in expenditures, mostly for attack ads.
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GOP sues, claims Democrats illegally supported Malloy

GOP chairman Jerry Labriola Jr., flanked by Sens. John McKinney and Len Fasano when they went to court in 2014 to accuse Democrats of campaign finance violations.

The Connecticut Republican Party filed a lawsuit and elections complaint Friday accusing the state Democratic Party of illegally using federal campaign contributions to support the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Continue Reading →

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Gun control PAC puts up $500K for TV time in Connecticut

Gabrielle Giffords

A national gun-control group co-founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and funded by some of the wealthiest names in technology gave $501,000 Thursday to a political action committee to air television ads in Connecticut’s race for governor. Continue Reading →

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Unions, RGA pump another $1.9 million into CT governor’s race

The Republican Governors Association contributed $800,000 Friday to a super PAC backing Republican Tom Foley, while two national public-employee unions put up $1.1 million to back Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the first-term Democratic incumbent, according to filings late Friday night. Continue Reading →

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Follow the campaign cash with the Money Map


Want to follow the flow of cash to Connecticut’s Democratic and Republican parties? Start in Greenwich, then drive next door to Stamford. In those two communities, you’ll find the sources of one in every five dollars contributed in itemized individual contributions since Jan. 1, 2013. Or, you can sit at your computer and roll your cursor across The Mirror’s new Money Map, an easy tool to see where the two parties have been getting their money. Continue Reading →

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DGA puts $1.25 million into Connecticut affiliate to oppose Foley

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The Democratic Governors Association has made its first major expenditure supporting the 2014 re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, giving $1.25 million to its Connecticut affiliate for television ads attacking the Republican nominee, Tom Foley. Its first ad takes viewers back to Fusion Paperboard in Sprague, where Foley went to criticize Malloy’s economic policies, but ended up in an argument with a local official and workers. Continue Reading →

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Independent super PAC opposing Malloy has ties to Foley

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Grow Connecticut, as independent expenditure group buying air time to oppose the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, was created last year by the campaign-finance law firm of Tom Foley, the Republican nominee for governor, after Foley’s ties to another super PAC were exposed by an elections enforcement case. Continue Reading →

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CT GOP claims illegal coordination between Malloy, DGA


The Connecticut Republican Party has filed an elections complaint claiming illegal coordination between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election campaign and Connecticut Forward, an independent expenditure group recently created by the Democratic Governors Association. It makes a novel argument, but offers no direct evidence. Continue Reading →

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