Vermont Progressive Party Expands Lawsuit to Attack Certain Vermont Campaign Finance Restrictions

vermont-progressiveFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On September 10, the Vermont Progressive Party filed an amended Complaint in Corren v Sorrell, 2:15cv-58. The amended Complaint charges that Vermont campaign finance law is unconstitutional, when it prohibits political parties from spending even one cent on their nominees who have qualified for public funding. The case was originally filed on March 20, 2015, in an attempt to stop the Vermont Attorney General from fining the party’s nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2014, Dean Corren, $72,000. The Attorney General says that Corren, because he qualified for public funding, could not receive any type of support from any political party. The Attorney General says that when the Democratic Party sent out an e-mail inviting recipients to a rally at which Corren would be speaking, that was a “contribution” to the Corren campaign. Corren in 2014 was not only the Progressive Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor; he was also the nominee of the Democratic Party. Vermont permits fusion.

The amended complaint says the state law violates the U.S. Supreme Court opinion Randall v Sorrell, which in 2007 struck down Vermont contribution limits.

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