2014-04-23T205748Z_1_CBREA3M1M8E00_RTROPTP_2_USA-SHOOTING-CONNECTICUT

Democratic governors challenge Connecticut campaign finance law

Dozens killed in shooting at elementary school in ConnecticiutThe U.S. Democratic Governors’ Association on Wednesday sued the state of Connecticut, saying its laws on political spending are unconstitutionally broad and limit the ability of political groups to buy independent ads backing candidates. The lawsuit said the state unfairly treats independent money spent on ads and other political messages by the national group as contributions to particular candidates, and thus subject to campaign finance limits. “Connecticut’s campaign finance laws … conflict with Supreme Court First Amendment precedent and place a cloud of uncertainty over what DGA may say or do without fear of prosecution,” the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut said. It asked a judge to block the State Elections Enforcement Commission from enforcing its rules.

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