Capitol Report: Campaign Finance Reform, Junk Food Ads

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The Capitol Report panel discusses changes to the state’s campaign finance reform law and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal going after the television network Nickelodeon for airing aids for unhealthy children’s foods.

Below is an op-ed from the Hartford Courant about the changes to the campaign finance law. Read more at courant.com.

By CHERI QUICKMIRE AND MICHELE JACKLIN | OP-ED, The Hartford Courant

Only eight years ago, Democratic legislators were patting themselves on the backs for enacting the strongest campaign finance laws in the country — reforms that created a firewall between lobbyists, state contractors and state politicians and siphoned much of the special interest money out of Connecticut’s political system.

With the end of the 2013 session, Democrats deserve a swift kick in the pants (and dresses) for having broken that firewall, ensuring that special interest money will once again flow into party coffers.

Below is a story about Blumenthal’s push to take junk food ads off the air by Hartford Courant reporter Wes Duplantier. Read more at courant.com.

Kids in America are getting fatter and four Democratic senators say that Nickelodeon can help curb the growing problem by cutting out ads for unhealthy foods that are sandwiched between its programs.

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal and three others have sent a letter to Viacom, which  owns the kids TV channel, asking the company to ban the ads. The senators say the station shows 25 percent of all food ads aimed at kids and that a majority of those commercials are for unhealthy foods.

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