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Should taxpayers pay for political campaigns in Vermont?

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Lt. Gov. Phil Scott Lt. Gov. Phil Scott
Dean Corren Dean Corren
MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Should taxpayers pay for political campaigns in Vermont? The Progressive in the race for lieutenant governor says yes.

Dean Corren is using public financing for his campaign and says all campaigns should be taxpayer funded. He says that would keep candidates on a level playing field and keep corporate influence out of the democratic process. Corren singled out his Republican opponent, incumbent Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, who is not using public financing.

"Now my opponent who is himself free to meet those same requirements but who instead has chosen to go with private funding and who is fully capable of raising privately as much and much more than we have done publicly is complaining about the use of public monies to fund Vermont's elections," said Corren,

"I actually think he's going to get more money than I've raised. I've run campaigns for lieutenant governor for far less than $200,000. This may step it up where we have to raise more than $200,000 in order to compete. But it's more than enough money," said Scott

Scott has never raised more than $180,000 for a campaign. A candidate has not used public financing since 2004.

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