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Vt. Supreme Court upholds that Democrats didn't register

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Supreme Court is upholding a state campaign finance law ruling that a Democratic advocacy group violated the state's campaign finance laws by not registering as a political action committee.

The court ruled the group Green Mountain Future was not registered as a political action committee in 2010 when it spent more than $500,000 on political advertisements attacking Republican candidate Brian Dubie.

The court dismissed the contention by the group that its television spots could not be regulated because they only focused on issues.

The ruling said "there could be no serious argument" the group's ads were not meant to oppose Dubie's campaign.

In 2010, now Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin was running against Dubie for the open seat.

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