Connecticut Governor Vetoes Campaign Finance Bill

On June 15, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, vetoed HB 5556, which imposed severe changes in the state’s campaign finance law. The legislature has decided not to attempt to override his veto. The bill would have, among other things, required non-profit advocacy groups to list on their web page the names of individuals who donate to that group, if the group makes independent expenditures about candidates for office. The bill defines “independent expenditure” to include not only messages urging voters to vote for or against a candidate, but any message expressing an opinion about bills pending in the legislature. Thanks to the Center for Competitive Politics for this news.

Here is the Governor’s veto message. The veto was considered a victory for the ACLU, and a defeat for Common Cause.

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