Lisman’s Campaign for Vermont featured in Fortune Magazine

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.”

Read Taylor Dobbs’ analysis of Campaign for Vermont’s media blitz.

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.”

Anne Galloway

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  • Jacques Costa

    Misleading headline. No one who has read the article would say that “Campaign for Vermont is featured in Fortune Magazine.” The article is about Bruce and his career arc. Bruce’s organization gets all of two lines. Think they did a good job of not endorsing him or his organization

  • I notice Fortune didn’t mention the $29 billion the Feds had to kick in to make the forced purchase of Bear by J.P.Morgan possible and to avoid bankruptcy, or the financial bath the average stockholders took when the stock went from $133 a share to $10 in less than a year. If the Feds didn’t buy the $29 million of toxic assets the price would have been worse at $2 per share. Of course Bruce Lisman and other top execs. got out with their millions.

    Also Frontline’s piece on PBS of Bear’s financial shenanigans in Europe before the big meltdown in 2008.

  • It should be $29 BILLION of toxic assets, not million.

  • Allison Costa

    WOW. What do you guys eat for lunch? Other people?

  • Allison, it’s all public information.

  • jimmy fordham

    thank you for exposing lisman as a fraud and corporate thief living in shelburne.

  • I don’t think he’s either…it’s just the way the investment banking industry works to protect it’s own, such as TARP money used for bonuses,or CEO Stan O’Neal getting a $170 million parachute after practically destroying Merrill Lynch. As one of the top execs. at Bear, Bruce Lisman needs to take some responsibility for the financial mess Bear and other similar companies created. Its ironic that he now wants to advise Vermonters on prosperity with “Campaign for Vermont”

  • walter moses

    can’t we just forget lisman. we don’t need anyone from wall street to lead us to prosperity. you would think he would be seeking a low profile in vermont, not leading the crusade on a pale horse. don’t respond to his drivel!

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