Vermont Attorney General will not pursue campaign finance complaints

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May 26, 2011


MONTPELIER, Vermont: In late April, the Vermont Republican Party and the Vermont Democratic Party each filed a complaint with the attorney general regarding governors soliciting campaign contributions from lobbyists.[1] According to Vermont's lobbying law, when the general assembly is in session, legislators and administrative officials are prohibited from soliciting a political campaign contribution.[2] Vermont GOP chairwoman Patricia McDonald complained that in mid-April, two emails were sent to registered lobbyists on behalf of Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin. Jesse Bragg, the executive director of the Democratic party, lodged a similar complaint against former Republican Governor Jim Douglas for an illegal solicitation in March of 2009.

On Wednesday, May 25, Attorney General William Sorrell announced his office will not pursue either complaint. In a statement released to the Burlington Free Press, the office said it is "confident the Shumlin campaign is taking proper steps to correct the problem and that the 2009 solicitations from Gov. Jim Douglas' campaign are too old to pursue now."[3]

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