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Thu Oct 30, 2014, 03:45 PM

Millions in Outside Political Money Pouring Into Connecticut Race for Governor

October 30, 2014

HARTFORD Millions of dollars in outside political money from the right and left is flooding into Connecticut, with the latest installment a $1.17 million contribution of "dark money" from a non-profit conservative group in Ohio called A Public Voice.

That money has gone into the coffers of Grow Connecticut, a political action committee associated with national Republicans that is financing attack ads aimed at defeating incumbent Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy.

By sending money to Grow Connecticut, the leaders of A Public Voice avoided a recently approved state law that would require them to reveal who their contributors are. The ability to conceal who is actually providing the funding is what has lead to the description of these contributions as "dark money."

Outside spending on the contest between Malloy and Republican Tom Foley has has hit the $15 million mark - more than the combined amount that Malloy and Foley are getting from this state's taxpayer-paid-for public campaign finance system. As of last week, records show about $8.3 million had been spent by outside groups to help Malloy, and approximately $6.7 million in outside spending for Foley.

snip* Last week, the pro-gun control Super PAC lead by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (Independence USA PAC) pumped $1.7 million into Connecticut's race to help Malloy beat Republican Tom Foley. Bloomberg's contributions to this group have been made public.

in full: http://www.courant.com/politics/elections/hc-a-public-voice-20141030-story.html#page=1

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