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ACLU vs. CT

The ACLU is filing a federal lawsuit to block Connecticut's new campaign-finance system.

The problems with the system, according to the ACLU?

First of all, it puts the two major parties at a huge advantage by giving them public funds for campaigns. To qualify for public funds, a minor party candidate not only has to raise a significant amount of money on his or her own, but he or she also needs to collect hundreds of thousands of signatures -- a virtually impossible task, and one that was intended to be so by the Legislature.

Second, the system bans campaign contributions from lobbyists, state contractors and their families. This is an extremely broad ban, which raises significant First Amendment concerns.

The ACLU, of course, was part of the broad coalition that challenged the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.