16 Nov Proposal by Connecticut Democrats Would Give Big Money More Influence in Politics
Washington, D.C.—National money-in-politics watchdog group Every Voice Center slammed Connecticut Democrats for their proposal to suspend the successful and popular Citizens’ Election program that gives everyday people a bigger voice in politics.
"This is an outrageous move announced by a small group of Democrats who apparently believe that the Connecticut public wants more wealthy special-interest money in politics. They would to take the state backwards to the embarrassing days of Gov. Rowland and the ‘Corrupticut’ moniker," said Nick Nyhart, president and CEO of Every Voice Center, who lived for 30 years in Connecticut and worked on passage of the Citizens’ Election Program in 2005. "This decision would make politicians more accountable to big donors and less to ordinary citizens. Democrats and Republicans alike should demand this proposal be withdrawn."
As reported by the CT Mirror, some Democrats have recommended suspending the state’s public financing of elections for 2016 in order to reduce the state’s deficits.
This month, voters in Maine and Seattle went in another direction, approving initiatives to raise the voices of ordinary people in the political process and reduce the influence of wealthy special interests.