Attorney General TJ Donovan Comes to Defense of Own Party and Swipes Blatant Campaign Finance Violation Under Rug
Questions loom as to whether he is serious about enforcing election laws.
Berlin, VT - In response to Attorney General TJ Donovan ignoring campaign finance laws and disregarding his responsibilities to enforce them, Jeff Bartley, Executive Director of the Vermont Republican Party issued the following statement:
“We are not surprised Attorney General TJ Donovan is coming to the aide of his fellow Democrats by not enforcing current campaign finance laws. His ruling narrowly interprets the statute prohibiting sitting legislators from soliciting contributions from lobbyists to only direct solicitations - meaning solicitations for the legislators themselves.
“The Attorney General has now made clear that legislators may solicit lobbyists on behalf of third parties or at the very least allow third parties to use their names to solicit lobbyists. The Democrats seem to be circumventing the clear language and meaning of the statute and the Attorney General seems perfectly content to look the other way.
“Our complaint clearly articulated that Rep. Jill Krowinski signed a letter and fundraising plea distributed by the Vermont Democratic Party on her behalf. The e-mail landed in the inboxes of many lobbyists -- and was distributed knowing their email list contained Vermont and Federal lobbyists.”
“If signing a letter ‘Jill Krowinski, Majority Leader, House Democratic Caucus’ on behalf of the Democratic Party does not violate the statutory prohibition against legislators soliciting lobbyists, then why have the law in the first place.”
“This lack of action calls into question whether the Attorney General is serious about developing and enforcing campaign finance laws. We strongly urge the Attorney General to re-examine this decision and the dangerous precedent it will set if it stands.”
A copy of our complaint can be downloaded by clicking here.
A copy of Rep. Jill Krowinski's e-mail can be downloaded by clicking here.
A copy of the Attorney General's response can be downloaded by clicking here.