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Opportunity knocks, but Wolf campaign in disarray

August Wolf in the campaign video announcing his candidacy.

It should be the best of times for August Wolf. His only rival for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate recently stepped aside, yet Wolf’s campaign is coping with allegations of a hostile work environment, turnover of top staff, tight money and the threat of civil action by the Federal Election Commission. He is on his third leadership team, and his former manager says the campaign is nearly broke.
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New leader, but same result: CT GOP trails in fundraising

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The Connecticut Republican Party struggled to compete financially during J.R. Romano’s first six months as state chairman, collecting about 29 cents for every dollar contributed to the state Democratic Party, according to reports filed over the weekend. Continue Reading →

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No resolution over SEEC’s authority in Malloy case

Judge Antonio C. Robaino

A Superior Court judge was disinclined Thursday to resolve whether federal law preempts state authorities from investigating if the Democratic Party illegally supported the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with contributions from state contractors. The party wants him to halt the investigation with a ruling about jurisdiction. Continue Reading →

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Democrats challenge commission’s authority to investigate Malloy in campaign case

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy during the 2014 campaign.

A Superior Court judge will conduct an evidentiary hearing this week that could determine if the State Elections Enforcement Commission can investigate whether the Connecticut Democratic Party illegally supported Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election with contributions from state contractors. Continue Reading →

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Insurance mergers, defense bill, Puerto Rican debt crisis among week’s top issues

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton expressed “serious concerns” about the planned Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna mergers this week; President Obama vetoed a defense appropriations bill; and the White House released a plan to help Puerto Rico deal with a severe economic crisis. Continue Reading →

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Clinton leads fundraising in CT, but Bush not far behind

WASHINGTON – There’s plenty of competition if you are a presidential candidate raising money in Connecticut, especially if you are a Republican. The latest Federal Election Commission reports show Connecticut donors have contributed about $1.8 million to 17 presidential candidates in the first half of the year.
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Irony not dead in this CT campaign finance fight

Chris Shays after conceding his loss in a GOP primary for U.S. Senate in 2012.

The Democratic Party is using federal campaign finance reforms co-sponsored by former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, a Republican, to challenge a subpoena issued by state elections officials investigating a GOP complaint about the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Shays says the Democrats are exploiting an unintended consequence of his reforms: federal preemption. Continue Reading →

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Esty raised most campaign cash this year, but Himes has biggest war chest

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty

WASHINGTON — While it seems they ended their last campaigns just a short while ago, the members of Connecticut’s House delegation have begun raising money for their re-election efforts. Rep. Elizabeth Esty brought in the most money during the first quarter of 2015, but Rep. Jim Himes had the most cash on hand. Continue Reading →

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CT congressional incumbents flush with campaign cash

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District

Washington – In the last days of his race against Republican Dan Debicella, Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, has dipped into his campaign war fund to donate $203,223 to the Democratic State Central Committee to help other Democrats in the state. Continue Reading →

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Elections Commission slams Democrats over campaign finance plan

Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman after a recent debate.

In unusually blunt language, the State Elections Enforcement Commission is asking the Federal Election Commission to prevent the state Democratic Party from using funds from a federal campaign finance account to pay for a mailing supporting the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The commission says the party is trying to “circumvent” state laws. Continue Reading →

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Esty will use record, incumbency to ward off Greenberg’s challenge

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District

WASHINGTON — Besides high-profile appearances with top members of her party, Rep. Elizabeth Esty is benefitting from perks and political lessons she’s learned on Capitol Hill to face off against Litchfield businessman and Republican Mark Greenberg. Continue Reading →

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