December 2, 2011
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont judge says a group funded by the Democratic Governors Association must pay a $10,000 civil penalty for running more than $500,000 in ads attacking the Republican gubernatorial candidate in last year's election without registering as a political committee.
Earlier this year a judge found the group called Green Mountain Future did not file disclosure reports as required by Vermont campaign finance laws.
The attorney general says the judge imposed the maximum penalty because of the group's "most critical violation" even though it had been warned it needed to register.
Last month the same judge found that the Republican Governors Association had violated campaign finance laws in a similar fashion.
The ads were used during the campaign between Republican Brian Dubie and now-Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin.
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