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Connecticut: Governor calls special session on campaign finance

AP reports: Gov. M. Jodi Rell is calling state legislators back to the Capitol next month to vote on a plan for reforming Connecticut's campaign financing system.

The special session is scheduled for Oct. 11. ...

A preliminary bill being offered by the Republican governor would create a system for publicly funding campaigns in Connecticut. It also would impose immediate bans on campaign contributions from lobbyists, state contractors and their political action committees.

Candidates also would be barred from using lobbyists, state contractors and their political action committees to solicit donations.

A Democrat-controlled working group, which spent this summer attempting to reach a compromise on campaign finance reform, could not find consensus on when to impose such bans. Many Democrats wanted to wait until the public financing system was up and running before cutting off other sources of money. -- The Advocate - Rell calls legislators into special session