This year, Connecticut Democrats changed that system (some might use the term "gutted"). They pointed to the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which lets all kinds of special interests spend virtually unlimited amounts on political campaigns, and insisted something had to be done.
The Democrats — with Malloy's pseudo-sad-eyed support — used their majorities in the state House and Senate to ram through legislation that rips open gaping loopholes in the campaign finance system. Now, special interest "dark money" will be able to flood into state parties, and those party organizations will be able to spend unlimited amounts on candidates.
Good government types are moaning that those sweet Democratic revisions have cleared the political road for a return to the days of "Corrupticut," a nickname popular during the scandal-plagued era of ex-Gov. John G. Rowland.
The point being that Malloy can still take that $6 million in taxpayer campaign money next year and also get as much as he wants or needs from the state Democratic Party.
Republicans were appalled, possibly in part because Malloy will now have a counter to all the outside conservative cash that may come pouring in to pay for anti-Malloy TV ads next year.
For Malloy, with 16 months to go until the election, things are probably going about as well has he could hope, at least on the Republican side.
The Democrat will be rooting hard for another vicious GOP primary fight, just like what happened in 2010 and just like what helped Obama last year.
And despite Labriola's pleas for "no-primary" unity, that's exactly what could happen.
After all, given their recent history, no one should underestimate the ability of Connecticut Republicans to screw themselves. Not even when they're up against Dannel Malloy.