Meet the New Legislature, Same as the Old Legislature: A quantitative analysis of the Connecticut Citizens’ Election Program

This report analyzes the effect that Connecticut’s so-called “Clean Elections” program has had on legislator voting behavior. Connecticut first instituted taxpayer-funding for legislative campaigns in 2008. This report studies legislator voting behavior both before and after the 2008 elections to determine how the institution of taxpayer-funded campaigns changed legislator voting behavior. The study finds that Connecticut legislators were equally likely to vote in favor of organized interests under taxpayer-funded elections as they were under traditional fundraising, suggesting that taxpayer-funding did not significantly reduce the influence of interest groups.


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