In November 2014, Dean Corren was the Progressive Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor. He was also nominated by the Democratic Party, and he received 36.1% of the general election vote. Now the Attorney General, William Sorrell, has sued Corren, saying that an e-mail sent by the Vermont Democratic Party to its list of supporters, inviting recipients to attend a rally featuring U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Governor Peter Shumlin, and Corren, constitutes an illegal campaign contribution to Corren. Shumlin and Sorrell are both Democrats.
The Attorney General wants Corren to repay $52,000 that he received in public funding, plus a fine of $20,000. Corren already spent the public funding he received on his campaign.
On March 20, Corren sued the Attorney General in federal court, arguing that the repayment order is disproportionate, and alternatively that the Democratic Party’s e-mail is not a campaign contribution. The federal case is Corren v Sorrell, 2:15cv-58. Thanks to the Center for Competitive Elections for this news. The case is assigned to Judge William K. Sessions, a Clinton appointee.