Independent Expenditures: Large Loophole?

The Republican American reports on independent expenditures.

Advocates of campaign finance reform are worried that these independent expenditures are harbingers for the general elections.

The fear is that lobbyists, state contractors and interest groups are going to channel boatloads of money into statehouse campaigns through independent expenditures. The State Election Enforcement Commission is tracking this spending.

“This is a huge concern, and it absolutely has to be addressed by the legislature,” said Andy Sauer, executive director of Common Cause Connecticut.

Independent expenditures are made without the consent, cooperation or direct knowledge of candidates and don’t count as contributions.

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