June 29, 2011
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A judge says a Democratic advocacy group violated Vermont campaign finance laws by spending over $500,000 on attack ads without registering with the secretary of state, filing required disclosure reports or properly including identification information on its ads.
In a ruling Tuesday, Washington Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford found for the state, which filed a civil complaint over Green Mountain Future's spending in last year's gubernatorial race between Democrat Peter Shumlin and Republican Brian Dubie, which Shumlin won.
Rejecting the group's contention that its ads couldn't be regulated because they focused solely on issues, Crawford said the ads - which hit Dubie on his position on Vermont Yankee - were clearly intended to advocate against his election.
Green Mountain Future is primarily funded by the Democratic Governors Association.
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