As expected, the Senate today overrode Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s veto of a bill revising the state’s public campaign finance law, paving the way for the House to do the same next week.

The bill doubles the public campaign finance base grants for the gubernatorial races to $6 million and limits lobbyists from donating more than $100 to a campaign. Rell has said she does not support increasing the grants when the state is facing such a harsh economy. However, Democratic lawmakers maintain this spending has already been budgeted for and it would be unfair to not increase the base grants in response to a federal appeals court ruling that throws out matching grants when a publicly-funded candidate faces an opponent who opts out of the system and chooses to spend large amounts of money.

There are two gubernatorial candidates participating in the state’s public finance system, Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Michael Fedele. Tuesday’s primaries will determine if they will move on to the general election, but the House will not convene until the following Friday to take up the veto.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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