Bruce Lisman, founder of Campaign for Vermont, a 501(c)4 advocacy group that is pressing for a “commonsense” approach to Vermont’s economy, is featured in Fortune Magazine this week.
Lisman recounts his 40 year career in New York City’s financial industry and explains that when he moved back to Vermont after a long hiatus (he grew up in Burlington’s Old North End and graduated from the University of Vermont), he met with as many people as he could in Vermont and “interviewed them about what they do, why they love it, and why they do it in Vermont.”
The interviews inspired him to launch Campaign for Vermont. Lisman has spent several hundred thousand dollars to fund the project and a series of advertising spots critical of state tax, education and economic policy.
According to Daniel Roberts of Fortune, the “local press has portrayed Lisman as a fiscal conservative looking to take on the state’s incumbent Democrats.”
The Campaign, Lisman says, is nonpolitical.
Lisman is enjoying the project so much, he’s writing a book about some of the 400 entreprenuers he met along the way.
He told Roberts: “Man, is this fun, engaging with people who want to engage in debate or ask why one thing works and one doesn’t. In the world to come, which seems pretty unpredictable, citizens need to help each other.”