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Differences between House, Senate versions stall progress until January.
Senate differs with recent House-approved campaign finance measures, calls for conference committee to resolve the disputes; Galbraith draws ire of some senators.
The legislation, which caps Super Pac contributions at $5,000, heads back to the Senate.
The chief controversy involves the expense of a lawsuit the state could face if it enacts such a cap.
“We’ve done a lot of firsts in Vermont. I’m wondering if this isn’t the time to take this step right off the diving board, and say, OK, we’ll take it to the Supreme Court if we have to,” said Rep. Donna Sweaney.
Posted in Campaign Finance | Tagged Brennan Center for Justice, campaign finance, Citizens United, Super PAC donation limits, Super PACs, Vermont legislature, Vermont Right to Life Committee Inc. v. Sorrell, William Sorrell
Lobbyist reports filed: American Beverage Association spent more than $500,000 fighting sugary drink tax
The Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems spent about $108,000; Vermont State Employee Association spent $92,500.
Posted in Campaign Finance | Tagged AFT Vermont, American Beverage Association, Downs Rachlin Martin, KSE Partners, lobbyist reports, MacLean, Meehan & Rice. Beverage Association of Vermont, Patient Choices at End of Life (Vermont), SEIU, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, Vermont lobbyists, Vermont NEA, Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont State Employees Association, Vermonters First, VPRIG
Cheryl Hanna, Vermont Law School professor, warns lawmakers not to risk another campaign finance court battle
The Citizens United decision suggests that stricter and more frequent disclosures of spending and donations to such entities could withstand judicial scrutiny.
Tayt Brooks, who founded and operates Vermonters First, told VTDigger that the mailings are part of its strategy to “bring balance to the debate over critical issues facing the state.”
State settles with Brian Dubie over 2011 campaign finance lawsuit; RGA must pay $30,000, Dubie $20,000
Sorrell’s office argued that the RGA’s radio and TV ad blitz, worth about $242,000, was an illegal donation far exceeding this limit.
Senators voted 19-11 to eliminate the ban on corporate money in what some called a “gut and study” proposal that calls for the Secretary of State to issue a report on the matter in December.