Outside Groups Impacting Governor Race

By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press

_ TV viewers in Connecticut can expect to see more and more political ads targeting the two major-party candidates for governor.

With the contest between Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley expected to be close, groups known as independent expenditure-only committees are raising unlimited sums from donors to finance ads criticizing or supporting the candidates.

On Monday, Grow Connecticut Inc. began running a 30-second spot that focuses on Malloy’s support for higher taxes in 2011 and what the group says is Connecticut’s low ranking as a place to do business.

The Republican Governors Association has so far contributed $250,000 to Grow Connecticut.

Candidates can’t control the groups, but Common Cause of Connecticut has asked Malloy and Foley to publicly discourage such spending. They haven’t yet agreed to do so.

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