They like it that way, dummy.
HARTFORD — Even as a recent influence-peddling trial laid bare the hold that money has over Connecticut politics and policy-making, state lawmakers have proposed bills to make it easier for candidates to get cash.
The changes chip away at campaign finance reforms passed into law in 2005 to combat the kind of corruption recently exposed during the trial of Robert Braddock Jr., former finance director for Democratic ex-state House Speaker Chris Donovan’s 2012 congressional bid.
Those involved testified they considered state politicians “whores” who could be bought with fat checks signed by false donors and envelopes filled with cash left in office refrigerators.
But even as the trial was taking place, some legislators were trying to find creative ways to legally funnel more money into their campaign coffers.
Butterfield is the eponym for “The Butterfield Effect”, used to refer to a person who “makes a statement that is ludicrous on its face, yet it reveals what the speaker truly believes,” especially if expressing a supposed paradox when a causal relationship should be obvious. The particular article that sparked this was titled “More Inmates, Despite Drop In Crime” by Butterfield in the New York Times on Nov. 8, 2004.