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GOP treasurer finances Progressive

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Mark Snelling Mark Snelling
Dean Corren Dean Corren
MONTPELIER, Vt. -

A leader in the Vermont Republican Party helped a Progressive campaign secure taxpayer funding.

GOP Treasurer Mark Snelling gave $10 to Dean Corren's campaign for lieutenant governor in June. Corren is challenging Republican incumbent Phil Scott.

Snelling says he contributed to Corren's campaign in order to foster dialogue and a more democratic process.

The lieutenant governor says he heard about the donation last night.

"While it's disappointing, everyone has the right to do what they want to do and what they see as beneficial to themselves. But I have a tremendous amount of respect for the Snelling family," Scott said.

Corren sought hundreds of small donations in order to secure $200,000 in taxpayer dollars to run his campaign.

Snelling says he also donated to the Republican Party, as well as several individual candidates, including Phil Scott, who Snelling called his candidate.

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