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Attorney General’s Office Files Two Campaign Finance Law Enforcement Actions

CONTACT: William H. Sorrell, Attorney General,

October 25, 2010

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office filed two civil lawsuits today on behalf of the State of Vermont in Vermont Superior Court, Washington Unit, against the Republican Governor's Association (“RGA”) and Green Mountain Future (“GMF”) seeking enforcement of Vermont’s campaign finance laws.

The Complaints filed by the Attorney General’s Office allege that, during the current general election cycle, RGA and GMF have acted as political committees under Vermont law without complying with, and indeed, while refusing to comply with, the requirements of Vermont’s campaign finance laws for such entities. Specifically, GMF has run political advertisements or “electioneering communications” which did not contain the identification information required by law, and it has also failed to properly register with the Secretary of State’s Office and to file campaign finance reports. Similarly, RGA has engaged in election advertising while ignoring Vermont’s reporting and registration requirements, and it has also accepted contributions in violation of Vermont’s contribution limits for political committees.

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