STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Connecticut state Senate hopeful Ted Kennedy Jr. was within his rights to accept the $200,000 donated to his campaign by the Democratic State Central Committee, a former state senator says.

Former Sen. Ed Meyer told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau that Connecticut lawmakers changed the campaign finance law last spring to allow more money for candidates running for office for the first time.

Meyer, who helped shape the revision, explained that’s why the Democratic state committee allowed Kennedy an extra $200,000 above the previous limit of $109,000 per candidate.

“The fact is that Ted Kennedy has complied with the letter of the law here, and as a first-time candidate, he wanted to be sure he got his message out,” Meyer said.

Kennedy is the son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and the nephew of President John F. Kennedy.

Earlier this week, Kennedy’s opponent, Republican Bruce Wilson, accused Kennedy of violating an agreement to limit his campaign’s spending to $109,000. Some had accused Kennedy of exploiting a loophole in the state’s campaign finance law.

Kennedy and Wilson are vying for Connecticut’s 12th Senate district, which includes the towns Branford, North Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth and Madison. The election is Nov. 4.

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