Tom Foley on Government Reform
Foley also left out of his oped that he personally solicited contributions from lobbyists and state contractors as one of the main speakers at the Connecticut Republican Party's major annual fundraiser. It's either deeply cynical or misleading to criticize others for doing something you've already done.
Foley was recently fined by the State Elections Enforcement Commission for improperly using a PAC to promote his candidacy for governor.
All but the last one of these we can't do much about because elections don't always result in great choices. But ordinary citizens' perception that the system is gamed by insiders is not unfounded, but it is treatable. A lot of progress has been made federally and in Connecticut eliminating improper political influence, but a lot more can be done.
Powerful organizations have a stake in what government does. Those with the most at stake are government contractors, public sector unions, public universities, and [their lobbyists], because their survival depends on public spending.
Recently, Connecticut took a big step backward on limiting the influence of state contractors and lobbyists. Under Gov. Rell, state contractors and lobbyists were restricted from contributing directly to state races. In an about-face for the state, Gov. Malloy signed into law a loophole that allows state contractors and lobbyists to directly participate in a governor's race by donating up to $10,000 to a state party, which can then spend and coordinate directly with those campaigns. And, no surprise, many state contractors and lobbyists have already done so.
I will encourage the Republican Party not to accept contributions from anyone prohibited from contributing to my campaign, period.
If I am elected governor, I will seek to disallow these tainted contributions to our state parties because they erode public confidence. I will also seek to prohibit state contractors who make contributions to one of our state parties in the current election cycle from entering into new state contracts for five years. And, to the extent possible, impose civil fines and sanctions on those who contribute in the current election cycle to a state party who would not have been allowed to contribute to a governor's race.
I have a plan that will get Connecticut headed back in the right direction. It is a plan that will restore a promising future by focusing on the four things that Connecticut families tell me they care about most and want to see changed. They are:
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