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Connecticut Secretary of State files amicus curiae brief

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January 12, 2010

HARTFORD, Connecticut: Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz filed an amicus curiae brief during the week of January 6, 2010 with the United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit. According to the brief, Bysiewicz encourages the U.S. District Court to reverse it’s decision to strike down a law relating to Connecticut’s public funding for candidates for state office.[1]

The District Court judgment erased a "clean elections" law in August 2009 in the case known as Green Party of Connecticut v. Garfield. According to Reports, Bysiewicz claims that invalidating the Citizens Election Program (CEP) so close to the upcoming primary elections creates "inequitable campaign environment for candidates who have participated in the program in good faith." According to reports, the CEP provides public campaign financing grants to state office candidates, but only if they follow strict fundraising and spending limits.[2]

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