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In victory speech, Beth Pearce celebrates defeat over super PAC-backed foe

In one of the more boisterous victory speeches tonight, incumbent Democratic Treasurer Beth Pearce celebrated a win in one of the most closely watched races of the 2012 campaign. Pearce a short time ago received a call from Republican challenger Wendy Wilton conceding the race. Pearce, a former seven-year deputy treasurer appointed to the post when Jeb Spaulding resigned to join the Shumlin administration, thanks her “Vermont family” for delivering her a victory Tuesday. The race was viewed in some circles as a referendum on super PACs. The conservative super PAC Vermonters First poured about $800,000 in the 2012 elections, much of it on behalf of Wilton. Continue Reading →

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Democrats reach out to 143,000 voters in four days, say ground game will be difference

A ferocious ground game over the past four days has the chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party feeling confident this evening about his party’s prospects in the two lone races over which Democrats had been sweating. Volunteers have given up more than 3,000 hours of their time since Friday to make calls on behalf of incumbent treasurer Beth Pearce and candidate for auditor Doug Hoffer. Perkins says volunteers and VDP staff made 13,000call attempts to voters during that time period, bringing the total for the cycle to a pretty astounding 450,000. “And that doesn’t include any robo-calls,” VDP communications director Ari Wengroff says. Perkinson said polling data from earlier in the cycle is “pretty stale” at this point, but that he expects the field organziation and aggressive campaigning from Pearce to have increased the small lead she held over Republican Wendy Wilton when the survey was conducted. Continue Reading →

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In Facebook post, Don Schramm hopes for Beth Pearce victory

At least one major-party candidate for statewide office, it would appear, is hoping to lose next Tuesday. In an Oct. 28 post on his Facebook page, Progressive candidate for treasurer Don Schramm notes that “many of my friends like Beth Pearce.” Schramm apparently feels the same way. “I like her too and hope that she stays our State Treasurer,” Schramm writes. Continue Reading →

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With only a week until Election Day, pols cede center stage to Sandy

A storm named Sandy may have relegated politics to the backburner for at least a couple days, but don’t expect politicians to batten down the hatches on their campaigns. With only a week until Election Day, retail politics is in full swing. And Republican candidate for governor Randy Brock today said he won’t let Sandy take the wind out of his sails. “I always get the best responses at sign waves or other events when it’s snowing and the wind is blowing,” Brock said. “People know you want the job and are willing to endure some discomfort to get it.” Continue Reading →

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New poll gives Pearce edge over Wilton

The most fiercely contested race of the 2012 elections could come down to party affiliation, according to a newly released poll of Vermont voters. A survey of 1,220 likely voters conducted in late September by a left-leaning polling firm out of North Carolina aims to handicap the political horse race between incumbent treasurer Beth Pearce and challenger Wendy Wilton. When voters aren’t supplied with party identification, according to the survey by Public Policy Polling, Wilton and Pearce are in a statistical dead heat. Asked, however, whether they would vote for “Democrat Beth Pearce or Republican Wendy Wilton,” the incumbent gains a clear 46-percent-to-37-percent advantage. The $4,000 poll, commissioned by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal political action committee based in Washington, D.C., is being used not only to tout the electoral benefits of a ‘D,’ but to show broad support generally among Vermonters for one of the party’s defining policies: single-payer health care. Continue Reading →

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Treasurer’s Race Profile: Wilton & Pearce

From the Sunday Rutland Herald and Times Argus:






By David Taube | Staff Writer

MONTPELIER — The two most prominent candidates for state treasurer are an incumbent who points to a track record of savings to taxpayers and a challenger who sees alarming shortfalls in funds. One of the most closely watched statewide races for this year’s General Election is between Democrat Beth Pearce, the state treasurer, and Republican Wendy Wilton, the Rutland city treasurer. “We’ve got serious deficits we got to deal with,” said Wilton, who says her city’s $5 million deficit has become a $3.8 million positive fund balance during her time as treasurer. The pair’s viewpoints clash in several key areas, including pension reform, how debt affects bond ratings, and when one should issue financial forecasts of the state’s proposed single-payer health system. The campaigns also have made personal and professional issues part of the race, concerning whether it’s questionable if a top state official rents or owns a home and how much overtime is acceptable in the treasurer’s office. Continue Reading →

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Deputy auditor overseeing Pearce probe is supporter of Wilton’s

Joe Juhasz, the deputy auditor assigned to oversee a probe into Treasurer Beth Pearce’s oversight of the state pension system, made a financial contribution to Wendy Wilton’s campaign last month. Juhasz today confirmed the donation and said he’s a longtime Republican who’s also written checks this year to Republican candidate for auditor Vince Illuzzi and Republican candidate for governor Randy Brock. Pearce, the Democratic incumbent, and Wilton, her Republican challenger, have locked horns this fall in what has become one of the more contentious races for statewide office. Juhasz, who gave $200 to the Wilton campaign on Sept. 13, said his support for the Republican won’t in any way color his inquiry into Pearce’s management. Continue Reading →

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Beth Pearce aims to wow with latest campaign-finance report

Beth Pearce over the last month raised more than $53,000, bringing her total for the cycle to about $186,000. Her haul over the last 30 days marks a significant increase over the previous month, when she raised about $37,000. We just spoke with Republican challenger Wendy Wilton, who said she raised about $25,000 over the last 30 days, for a total this cycle of about $75,000. From the Pearce campaign:

State Treasurer Beth Pearce announced today that her campaign raised $53,435.00 in the latest finance period stretching from September 15 to October 15. To date, the campaign has raised a total of $186,179.71 from 626 donors. Continue Reading →

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Race for treasurer drawing most outside interest as liberal super PAC hits airwaves for Pearce

Vermont’s liberal super PAC is doing what it can to counteract Vermont’s conservative super PAC with a $15,000 ad blitz aimed at promoting the candidacy of incumbent Treasurer Beth Pearce. With such relatively little drama across the rest of the statewide ticket, the race for treasurer has become the marquis match up of 2012, thanks in part to the huge sums of money being poured into the race by GOP benefactor Lenore Broughton. The Burlington resident is the lone underwriter of Vermonters First, the Republican super PAC that has spent more than $200,000 on television and web ads and statewide mailings, many of them touting the candidacy of Republican candidate for treasurer Wendy Wilton. Now comes Vermont Priorities, the liberal foil to Vermonters First, with an ad buy of its own. According to Todd Bailey, a consultant for the group, Pearce will be featured in a 30-second spot set to hit network and cable airwaves tomorrow. Continue Reading →

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Democrats allege illegal use of Vermont seal by GOP super PAC – UPDATED


Tayt Brooks, treasurer of the Republican super PAC working to support the candidacies of Wendy Wilton and Vince Illuzzi, said group has removed web ads alleged to have run afoul of a state statute that prohibits the use of the Vermont seal in advertisements. Brooks said he was unaware of the law until he was notified of the possible violation in an email from the Secretary of State’s office earlier today. ******

Vermont Democrats today accused a Republican super PAC of violating an arcane statute that prohibits the use of the state seal in advertisements. Vermonters First, the political action committee funded by GOP super patron Lenore Broughton, has been spending massive sums of money to bolster the electoral prospects of Wendy Wilton and Vince Illuzzi, Republican candidates for treasurer and auditor, respectively. In late July, Broughton’s shop began airing 15-second TV ads for the duo. Continue Reading →

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