Dean Corren

Recent Posts

Senate approves changes to the state’s public campaign financing law

MONTPELIER — The Senate has given its approval to a bill intended to make publicly financed political campaigns more viable. By a vote of 19 to 6, Senate lawmakers Friday approved S.220, a bill that moves up the date a candidate seeking public financing can start a campaign, which supporters say will allow these candidates to better compete with those who are privately financed. “My feeling is, we shouldn’t privilege publicly financed candidates, but we shouldn’t punish them, either,” said Sen. Philip Baruth, D-Chittenden, the lead sponsor of the bill. The punishment Baruth is referring to is the amount of lead time a privately financed candidate has over one seeking public financing. While a privately funded candidate may declare his or her intent to run for office and begin raising money at any time, a candidate seeking public financing must wait until the Feb. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , ,

Exclusive: Investigation report recommends no action against Attorney General Bill Sorrell

MONTPELIER — A report completed by a lawyer appointed to investigate alleged illegal campaign finance activity and other actions by Democratic Attorney General William Sorrell and reviewed by a panel of county state’s attorneys does not recommend any sanctions or penalties, according to a draft report of his findings obtained exclusively by the Vermont Press Bureau. The investigation, conducted by independent counsel Thomas A. Little, “took its scope from the six allegations of the Complaint” filed by attorney Brady Toensing, the vice chairman of the Vermont Republican Party. Four allegations investigated by Little involved campaign finance laws, one allegation involved violations of federal and state criminal statutes and one allegation involved a conflict of interest. Little, who declined to comment on the report Thursday, was tasked with reporting his findings for review to a bipartisan group of eight state’s attorneys that form a new Campaign Finance Review Committee. That committee was to review Little’s investigative findings and determine if any action against Sorrell was warranted. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Corren considers second run for lieutenant governor

MONTPELIER — Progressive Dean Corren says he is weighing a second bid for lieutenant governor in the 2016 election but will only do so if a case involving his last campaign and the state’s public financing for candidates is resolved in time. Corren, a former state representative from Burlington, fared poorly in his 2014 bid to unseat Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. Scott received 62.1 percent of the vote to Corren’s 36 percent. Scott is now considering a run for governor in 2016 after Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin announced in June that he would not seek a fourth, two-year term. Corren said he is considering a second run for the number two spot. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,