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HURLBURT CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATES IN STATE’S CLEAN ELECTION PROGRAM: No special interest donations allowed

State Representative Bryan Hurlburt’s 2012 election effort includes participation in the state’s Clean Election Program.

State Representative Bryan Hurlburt’s 2012 election effort includes participation in the state’s Clean Election Program which prohibits accepting donations from special interests, political action committees (PACs) and state contractors.

To qualify for the program, Hurlburt’s campaign had to reach a benchmark of local support by securing small donations ($5-100) totaling $5,000 from at least 150 residents in his district. Hurlburt is running for re-election to the state legislature in the 53rd Assembly District which includes the towns of Ashford, Tolland and Willington.

“I have been a long-time proponent of removing special interest money from elections and creating a level playing field for competing candidates,” Hurlburt said. “This program allows issues to drive the tenor of campaigns - not money.”

Hurlburt’s opponent has also pledged to participate in the Clean Election Program, which upon qualifying provides each side with a $26,850 grant. In turn, candidates agree not to exceed the grant and their local individual donations in campaign spending.

“I couldn’t have qualified without the support of residents of Ashford, Tolland and Willington, and I appreciate the encouragement,” Hurlburt said. “I’m excited about continuing to talk with residents over the coming weeks and listening to people’s concerns and ideas.”   

Hurlburt has been reaching out to residents personally by going door-to-door, as well as sending issue mailings and making phone calls.

The Citizens' Election Program is a voluntary program which provides full public financing to qualified candidates for statewide offices and the General Assembly. To participate, candidates must agree to abide by certain guidelines, including contribution and expenditure limits and disclosure requirements. This was designed to encourage more citizen participation and reduce special interest money in Connecticut's political process.

Hurlburt is a lifelong Tolland resident, and a graduate of Tolland High School and the University of Connecticut. Before his election to the legislature in 2006, he served on the Tolland Town Council.

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Emily October 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Please don't vote for Bryan Hurlburt. Start cleaning house at the local level. I beg you all to vote against ALL incumbents. Please help turn this state around 1 vote at a time.
Steven Jones October 13, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Congrats to Bryan on qualifying for the CEP funds. This is a program heralded by incumbent candidates across the aisle and challengers from each party, as they all seek to have speak up for us in a meaningful and genuine way without the extreme negativity that anonymous partisan groups/persons rouse during the campaign cycle.
Mike Pascuzzi October 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM
"Hurlburt’s opponent has also pledged to participate in the Clean Election Program, which upon qualifying provides each side with a $26,850 grant. In turn, candidates agree not to exceed the grant and their local individual donations in campaign spending." Christine Vincent, Hurlburt's opponent, has also qualified for the funds and is playing by the same rules.
q October 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Thank you, Mike, for pointing that out. There have been many articles about and endorsements for Bryan Hurlburt here in Patch. Wish we would hear more about Christine Vincent and what she could do for Tolland as State Rep.
Emily October 14, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The very best thing she can do for Tolland as a state rep would be... Not be Bryan Hurlburt. We need different people in Hartford. People not in lockstep with the governor. Someone to oppose Tax increases and insane spending on all the pet projects.
charles October 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Not Bryan Hurlburt! What does that mean? Not support agriculture? Not support education? Not support the people of our district? Being an incumbent does not mean that you are crooked, maybe it means that you are doing what's right for our community, and the people recognize it. Bryan Hurlburt is not afraid to work in a bipartisan manner, and I am glad to support Bryan Hurlburt this year once more.
Emily October 14, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Or it means you vote for retro-active tax increases on people that can least afford it.
charles October 16, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Or it means you support education reform for our nation's future. Or it means you support agricultural preservation for our community. Or it means economic development in the community by allowing Sunday liquor sales.

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