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Connecticut: Weiker will challenge anti-third party provisions of new campaign finance act

AP reports: Critics of campaign finance reform that Gov. M. Jodi Rell is expected to sign into law this week could get high-power help in a challenge to a key provision of the bill.

Former Gov. Lowell Weicker Jr. said Friday he will mount a legal challenge to a public financing provision of the bill that he says favors Democrats and Republicans over minor party candidates. He said he had no opinion about public financing, but is aiming his fire at how minor party candidates are treated in the legislation.

Weicker, a former Republican U.S. senator who was elected governor as a third-party candidate in 1990, said the bill that cleared the General Assembly on Thursday locks out minor party candidates. ...

Weicker has not yet worked out details of his challenge, he told The Associated Press on Saturday. A lawyer is studying the bill “line by line,” he said. -- Weicker promises challenge to campaign finance action

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