The day after President Obama swept into the state for a pair of big-ticket fundraisers that were expected to net his reelection campaign about $2.5 million, Democratic U.S. Rep. John Larson is hosting a forum on campaign finance.
\”Currently large donors and special interests are able to spend unlimited money to influence our elections,\’\’ states a press release issued by Larson\’s office. \”As America’s trust in government nears an all time low, Congress now more than ever needs to put elections back in the hands of ordinary Americans.\”
The forum, which will begin tonight at 6:30 at West Hartford Town Hall, will feature Nick Nyhart, the president and CEO of Public Campaign Action Fund, a national non-profit group that aims \”to taking big special interest money out of politics.\”
Larson, a seven-term Democrat from the heavily Democratic 1st District has hauled in more than $1.4 million so far in the 2012 cycle, more than half of it from political action committees. His Republican opponent, John Henry Decker, a political unknown, has raised less than $20,000.