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Can ‘Dark Money’ Campaign Funds Impact Latinos’ Role In Connecticut Government?

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The role untraceable “dark money” can play in Connecticut elections was evident during the final weekend of the 2014 governor’s contest when a conservative nonprofit issues group based in Ohio pumped more than a million dollars into attack ads against the eventual winner, Governor Dannel Malloy.

The race between Malloy and Republican Tom Foley attracted more than $18 million in outside contributions, according to the State Election Enforcement Commission, with much of the money coming from nonprofit “issues” groups that are not required to identify their donors.  This money flows to independent contribution organizations, such as Political Action Committees, who are barred from working directly ...

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Cuban American Billionaire Recalls His Own Story To Fuel Raising Millions For Undocumented Immigrants

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Mike Fernandez is no stranger to crossing party lines. A major Republican donor and influencer, he joined forces with the Obama administration on their new Cuba policy. But when the GOP nominated Donald Trump as their presidential candidate, the Cuban American billionaire officially changed his affiliation to Independent.

Fernandez could not abide by then-candidate Trump’s immigration rhetoric, and now he won’t play nice with the president’s immigration policies. So he’s made it his mission to help as many undocumented families as he can.

Fernandez recently put $1 million of his own funds, and has pledged $4 million more, to spearhead the Immigration Partnership & ...

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CT Puerto Rican Agenda To Be First Official State Chapter Of National Alliance

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Members of the newly formed CT Puerto Rican Agenda Alliance

 

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Jason Ortiz had returned to Connecticut last fall from seeing first-hand the economic and humanitarian toll inflicted on Puerto Rico by its $70 billion debt crisis when he became involved in discussions with two other Puerto Rican political activists, Joseph Rodriguez and Wildaliz Bermudez, about what could be done in Connecticut to help Boricuas on the island and in the United States.

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Ortiz, whose forte is campaign organization; Rodriquez, a top aide to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Bermudez, a Hartford council member from the Working Families Party, agreed that it was critical for their cause to engage all ...

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