Progressive candidate for Lt. Gov. qualifies for public financing

At least one candidate for statewide office will qualify for public campaign financing.

Dean Corren of Burlington, a Progressive candidate for lieutenant governor, announced Wednesday that he has received enough small, individual donations to receive public funding for his campaign.

Corren said in a news release that he has raised more than $18,000 in contributions of $50 or less from 800 Vermonters. Candidates must raise $15,000 from small donations to qualify for taxpayer financing, which would give him up to $50,000 for the primary season and up to $150,000 for the general election (those totals include money raised by the candidate).

“I want to say thank you to everyone for pitching in from all over the state,” Corren said in a statement. “Our campaign will now be fully competitive, and free to focus entirely on the critical issues facing Vermont.”

Corren, a former state representative, is challenging incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Democrat John Bauer, who is also seeking to qualify for public funding.

Jessica Falker, a spokeswoman for Bauer, said Wednesday that Bauer is “close” to reaching the $15,000 threshold and was hopeful the campaign could achieve the goal by the deadline of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Tom Brown

Comment Policy requires that all commenters identify themselves by their authentic first and last names. Initials, pseudonyms or screen names are not permissible.

No personal harrassment, abuse, or hate speech is permitted. Be succinct and to the point. Comments should be 1000 characters or fewer. If your comment is over 500 words, consider sending a commentary instead.

We personally review and moderate every comment that is posted here. This takes a lot of time; please consider donating to keep the conversation productive and informative.

The purpose of this policy is to encourage a civil discourse among readers who are willing to stand behind their identities and their comments. VTDigger has created a safe zone for readers who wish to engage in a thoughtful discussion on a range of subjects. We hope you join the conversation. If you have questions or concerns about our commenting platform, please review our Commenting FAQ.

Privacy policy
  • Keith Stern

    Another liberal taking from the taxpayer. Surprise.

Thanks for reporting an error with the story, "Progressive candidate for Lt. Gov. qualifies for public financing"