Friday, June 03, 2005

Track Where Your Senator & Representative Stand On Clean Elections

Contact your Connecticut state Senator and Representative right now and tell them you support Clean Elections for all races. Ask them if they share your support for Clean Elections for all races (which is what Governor Rell and House Speaker Amann came out in favor of on June 2).

When you get an answer post your comments here and we will track who's with us and who's not. Contact your elected officials between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM at the numbers below:

For Senate Democrats call 800-842-1420 or 860-240-8600
For House Democrats call 800-842-8267 or 860-240-8585

For Senate Republicans call 800-842-1421 or 860-240-8800
For House Republicans call 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700

In your comments please include:

  • Your Senator's and Representative's name
  • If they support Clean Elections for all state races or not


At 1:05 PM, Blogger Nick from Durham said...

Just left a message for Ray Kalinowski, my State Representative. His assistant said she didn't know where he stood but said I should expect a call back today or tomorrow.

At 4:16 AM, Blogger scarlett418 said...

Sounds like a little 'smog' from Ray Kalinowski's office. I certainly support public financing --- at every level. Hey Ray -- if you're reading this...clear the fog. Get with it.

At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Brian from Torrington said...

I contacted my state representative and state senator via email. Representative Roberta Willis responded that she fully supports the legislation and has been working with organizations to get it passed.

The news from my Senator Andrew Roraback was more mixed. He said he does not take money from corporations, business and labor PACs, etc. He has supported legislation that would ban candidates from taking money from these types of groups. However, he doesn't support taxpayer-funded clean elections. He basically said he doesn't want his tax money going to candidates that he doesn't support. I guess basically he only wants candidates to receive donations from individuals.

At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ray Kalinowski called back later and spoke with my wife, who said he would support the whole package, including both the new limits and the public financing.

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Scott Kimmich said...

I talked to my representative, Toni Boucher(R Wilton,Ridgefield, Norwalk), on the phone and she said she is definitely going to vote for public financing. My Senator, Judy Freedman (D) has been for public financing all along.

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Chris said...

Gayle Slossberg, State Senator for Milford, CT is on board.

At 12:55 PM, Anonymous Rev. Lucy said...

Chris Donovan, House Majority Leader, supports public financing. I saw him this afternoon and asked him, since I had not received a return phone call. I have not received a return phone call from Sen. Tom Gaffey, but his aide said he'd get my message.

At 5:57 AM, Anonymous Todd from Monroe said...

Here's an email I got from my rep on 5/18--It'sw pretty funny, if you think about it.

Thank you for your email. I do not support public financing. If you look at the numbers that participate in the political process you will see it varies and I believe it is their constitutional right to not have to have their monies support elections if they do not desire to do so.

Representative DebraLee Hovey
112th District
Monroe & Newtown

At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just left a message for Senator Gaffey and Rep. Gail Hamm to vote for the publicly financed elections bill in CT. I left my phone number for a call back.

At 12:27 PM, Blogger jules said...

Here's my e-mail reply from State Rep. James Spallone. He's strongly for public financing:

Thank you for writing and sending copies of your e-mails to the Governor and legislative leaders. I fully support public financing
and reform to remove special interest influence. I have been a proponent of sweeping reform, including public financing, since before I was elected and have actively worked for these changes. I am hopeful that we will take up the reform proposal by Wednesday. During my own election campaigns I have refused to accept PAC and lobbyist contributions to underscore my support for reform. Again, thank you for taking the time to write. Sincerely, Rep.
James F. Spallone

At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Rev. Lucy said...

Senator Gaffey will support public financing. He left a message on my machine this morning (Mon. June 6)

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Whitney Tabor said...

Regarding the argument made by some congresspeople that they do not want their tax money to support candidates they oppose, I note: This view is like opposing the use of tax dollars to support highway maintenance, because the causes of the people one disagrees with are advanced by facilitating their travel. Public financing is a way to to support a _system_ that works well, not to further particular candidates and their views.

I contacted Senator Don Williams. According to the person I spoke with, Williams is one of the sponsors of the current bill. I also contacted Representative Denise Merrill. The person I spoke with in her office said Merrill generally supports public financing of elections but hasn't established her position on this bill, and might be concerned about the wording. Merrill is supposed to send me a message soon, which I'll forward.

At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/7/05 I just spoke with Rep. Jim Shapiro (Stamford area). He was very honest. He said he is not voting for public financing because he can't see taking money away from education, etc. in order to give to it to himself and other politicians. However, he said he thought the bill was going to pass and he wouldn't be entirely sorry.

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Eyes Open said...

Rep. Diana Urban (43rd district, North Stonington, Stonington) has been a champ on this from her first campaigning literature. She was the only "R" to vote for it in 2001. This year she was again one of only a few "R's" to vote for it. Our Senator, Cathy Cook (R-18th)voted AGAINST and was really outspoken about it!!! No surprise there.


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