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Attorney General’s Office Concludes Investigation Into Alleged Coordinated Campaign Expenditure

CONTACT: Janet Murnane, Deputy Attorney General, (802) 828-3173

October 13, 2010

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has concluded its investigation of a complaint that the Republican Governors Association (“RGA”) and the Friends of Brian Dubie campaign coordinated on campaign expenditures in connection with a video called Vision for Vermont. The Office conveyed its conclusions to the interested parties by letter today.

While the Attorney General’s Office viewed the complaint as a serious matter, it concluded that there is insufficient evidence to warrant an enforcement action against either the RGA or the Dubie Campaign under 17 V.S.A. § 2806 for violation of the $3,000-per-election limit on contributions from political committees to candidates in § 2805(b) as added by 1982 Vt. Acts & Resolves No. 197, §1, and amended by 1988 Vt. Acts & Resolves No. 263, §3.

The investigation included conducting numerous witness interviews as well as reviewing email communications and other documents. The focus of the investigation was on whether evidence existed regarding the facilitation of expenditures intended to promote the election of a specific candidate as defined in 17 V.S.A. § 2809(c) & (d), specifically, the filming of the video in question.

Under the provisions of 17 V.S.A. § 2806(a), the Attorney General’s Office is not legally permitted to release information obtained in the course of its investigation absent the consent of the parties who provided such information .

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