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Connecticut: Gov. Rell running without PAC money

AP reports: Bucking the trend of taking easy money from political action committees and lobbyists, Connecticut's Gov. M. Jodi Rell has vowed to raise campaign cash the old fashioned way: asking everyday supporters to write out a check.

"I know I'm way out on a limb, but it's the right thing to do," said Rell, 59, a former state representative and lieutenant governor who ascended to the governor's office last year when her running mate, Gov. John G. Rowland, resigned amid a corruption probe. ...

Rell, who's benefited from 80 percent approval ratings since taking office last year, said she hopes to prove that politicians don't have to be independently wealthy to run a campaign without special interest money. She's promised not to accept contributions from lobbyists or their spouses, PACs or certain employees of companies that work for the state. She's also passing on ad books, in which candidates sell advertising to raise money.

But some experts don't see other politicians following suit, saying that Connecticut is a unique example because of Rowland's guilty plea to a federal corruption charge. -- The Advocate - In wake of scandal, Rell runs without special interest cash

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