May 4, 2010

Colapietro says he'll participate in campaign finance program


Press release from state Sen. Tom Colapietro, a Bristol Democrat:
While my constituents know I have announced my reelection for state Senate, I wanted them to know that I am again participating in the Citizens’ Election Program.  I believe this is a great program that will present a bigger challenge but, as always, look forward to running a clean campaign.
For those unfamiliar with the program, it is a two-part system that requires me to raise initial funds needed to qualify for public financing.  Qualifying consists of raising $15,000 by accepting contributions between $5 and $100 from a minimum of 300 residents in the 31st district. Once that threshold is met, I then become eligible for a state grant that will fund the next portion of my campaign.
As of right now, only three currently-elected Senators have chosen to participate in the Citizens’ Election Program, of which I am one.  The reasons behind my participation include the fact that I like the open and accessible nature of the program, essentially allowing anyone and everyone to see where each campaign dollar comes from.  I think it holds candidates accountable to not just their constituents but also to other members of the public and shows them that a wider base of supporters throughout the district is necessary. 
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23 comments:

truth in reforming said...

the only thing that needs reforming here is colapietro.

Positively Right said...

This isn't surprising. This asinine public campaign financing is coming from the same place as the public labor money and public union dues that support Colapietro's campaigns every year...from the pockets of tax-payers.

Anonymous said...

HEY TOM, HOW ABOUT THE CARROL HIGH'S CHECK COLLECTING SCAM WITH THE CT. PACKAGE STORE ASSO? OH AND DON'T FORGET THE LIQUOR WHOLEESALERS.

Anonymous said...

Same old Colapietro rhetoric. You forgot to call him Tommie Toupe.Blah, Blah,Blah. You run no guts ?

Anonymous said...

Positively wrong is at the old stuff still. When are you going to grow up? God help us if all republicans are like you! Useless as usual!

Anonymous said...

8:21 boy are you really as dumb as you write? No wonder you are hiding.

Anonymous said...

8:21 hey gutless "how about telling us the truth once in a while? I know poor little poopsie don't know how! And you've done what for your community ? LOL

Anonymous said...

C'mon idiots lets see some more of your mentality ! Can't wait to see who you guys are going to love nowWhit Betts? Another Barnes family member. Do they want to rule again like the "good ol days?"

replace the toupe' said...

OK...TOMMIE TOUPE' = union hack

You happy now?

Anonymous said...

This program and Tom are a waste of taxpayer money. I like Linda McMahon's way of doing things: paying your own way and not owing anyone anything. Not everyone has her money, of course, but anyone can fundraise.

Anonymous said...

Positivel wrong must think that getting money from those who have it instead of the public is the way to go. Bought ?

Anonymous said...

I'm not Tommie toupe but he seems to have more guts than you elitest cowardly republican hacks. Lets name call Alex ! It shows your mentality !

Anonymous said...

No balls repubicans.

Anonymous said...

Whining gutless "no balls" Republicans!

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Anonymous said...

Positively Wrong you must like the Barnes's $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ No special interest there. Hmmmmm I got as feeling you work for the insurance industry !

Anonymous said...

CBIA cares for people LMAOROTF

Positively Right said...

No I believe people should willingly contribute to political campaigns, not have it taken out of their pockets by the government via the campaign finance scheme.

Also and more importantly, unions in Connecticut should have limits put on their political expenditures the same as organizations such as the CBIA have.

Anonymous said...

Positively wrong ! Just because it's what you believe it doesn't mean that's the right way! You'd rather have special interests money. That's your right!

AnonymousWestconnStudent said...

Positively Stupid...

The citizens election program is cleaning out the corruption and old boys network that your "Money as speech" viewpoint has insulated in Hartford for decades.

This is a good thing for the tax payers because it will make it easier for people who want the accountability in government to make that happen.

Unless your only interest is in screaming about Unioooons and Socialism, oooooo.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Tommy take taxpayer funds last time around, when he had no opponent? He has got to go.

Anonymous said...

If you'll tell the truth and remember once in a while he had an opponent until he dropped out costing the taxpayers $28,800. Or did you conveniently forget? Blah, Blah, Blah. Same old lying crap !