Public Financing Chief: We’re Getting Bombarded

More than $30 million in public dough will be awarded to state candidates who qualify for Connecticut’s Citizens Election Program. The man in charge of the state agency that oversees the program tells Neil Vigdor of the Hartford Courant that the task of responding to applications is overwhelming and record-breaking.

The head of the agency in charge of Connecticut’s clean-elections program predicted that a record 300 candidates–from the governor’s race on down to legislative contests–could participate this year.

Michael Brandi, executive director of the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC), said agency staff have been working nights and weekends to handle the deluge of applications.

“These are the most applications we’ve received in the history of the program,” Brandi said. “We’re getting absolutely bombarded.”

Here are some things to know about the Citizens’ Election Program:

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