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AG George Jepsen Fundraises For VA Democrat

September 29, 2017 By Staff
AG George Jepsen Fundraises For VA Democrat

Attorney General George Jepsen's (D-CT) has called the Citizens Campaign Program vital.

A recent Hartford Courant report has shone a light on Attorney General George Jepsen’s (D-CT) fundraising for the re-election campaign of Virginia’s Democratic AG Mark Herring:

Why did a bunch of Connecticut lobbyists and state contractors—representing special interests ranging from utilities to banks, pharmaceuticals and insurance companies—recently contribute about $28,000 to the re-election campaign of Virginia’s Democratic attorney general, Mark Herring?

Meanwhile, Connecticut’s Democrats have been vehemently fighting to keep Connecticut’s expensive “Citizens Campaign Program” funded under the moral argument for big money out of state politics.

The recently vetoed GOP budget proposal had planned to cut the controversial and expensive program that will cost Connecticut taxpayers tens of millions in 2018:

The program cost the state $28 million in 2010 and $33 million in 2014. In those two years, the election field was the same – statewide and governor – as it will be in 2018.

In a 2010 report, George Jepsen called the Citizens Campaign Program vital for public trust in government. However, now it seems the Attorney General is fine flooding out of state money to Virginia – a big win for political ally Mark Herring (D-VA), who has worked with AG Jepsen before:

Jepsen held a fund-raising reception for his fellow Democrat and ally on July 26 at his home on Prospect Avenue in West Hartford. There, Herring met some of the 30 Connecticut residents and corporate representatives who sent money southward—in amounts from $250 to $5,000—toward a campaign that, in a number of cases, they knew little about and had no stake in.

Additionally, Mark Herring has shown a “commanding fundraising lead”, which isn’t surprising with so many out-of-state allies backing the vulnerable incumbent.

George Jepsen’s actions may be legal, but for an attorney general who supported Connecticut’s clean-election laws and so passionately advocated against special interests, funneling money to an out of state candidate ally seems the polar opposite of the “spirit and principle” of Connecticut’s clean election laws.