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Peter Galbraith 
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Re: “Montpeculiar: Scott Declares ‘Powder Day’ — For Non-Vermonters

Not enough news in Vermont Monday? Terri deserves credit for being creative.

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Posted by Peter Galbraith on 02/14/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Will Vermont Leaders Wage War Over Labor?

Vermont Chamber of Commerce president Betsy Bishop says "We need 11,000 more workers to grow the economy". Raising the minimum wage is the way to overcome the shortage of workers. As I am sure Ms. Bishop understands, this is free market economics at its most basic. Raise the price and the supply goes up while demand declines.

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Posted by Peter Galbraith on 01/19/2017 at 3:41 AM

Re: “Democrats Make Final Arguments in Expensive Governor's Race

Correction: Travis Belisle did not contribute to Minter's campaign. He still evaded Vermont campaign finance limits by contributing to the Minter SuperPac more than the $4000 allowed for contributions to Gubernstorial candidates. Another wind developer David Blittersdorf did contribute the maximum to Minter and then an additional $1900 to a separate Minter SuperPac. Both Blittersdorf and Beliisle have a huge financial stake in the regulatory decisions of the state. Vermonters can reject this type of pay to play politics in their votes today.

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Posted by Peter Galbraith on 08/09/2016 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Democrats Make Final Arguments in Expensive Governor's Race

Bernie rejected the billionaires. Dunne latest ads are paid by a billionaire.

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Posted by Peter Galbraith on 08/09/2016 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Democrats Make Final Arguments in Expensive Governor's Race

“Minter dodged repeated questions Monday about whether she wished super PACs would refrain from supporting her candidacy.”

That is because she wants SuperPacs to spend on her behalf but doesn’t have the courage to say so to Vermont voters. One can understand why. Her SuperPac is funded by the likes of Travis Belisle, a man who boasts that he has never voted for a Democrat in his life.

Belisle used the Minter SuperPac to evade the $4000 limit on campaign contributions. Having given the maximum allowable by law to Minter directly, he then gave an additional $5000 to her SuperPac. Why would a Republican give so much to a self styled progressive Democrat? Because he is the developer of the Swanton wind project and needs the state’s approval to move forward. Sue Minter is pro wind. Regardless one’s views on the wind issue, we should be outraged when a developer uses a SuperPac to circumvent campaign finance laws in order to elect a governor who will make the regulatory decision that his business needs.

Matt Dunne’s campaign says he was unavailable. He certainly didn’t want to answer a question about whether he welcomed the supposedly independent expenditure of $220,000 made on his behalf by Silicon Valley billionaire Reid Hoffman. Dunne describes Hoffman as a close friend.

These supposedly independent expenditures were carefully timed to take place at the very end of the campaign---when the forums and debates were over and therefore almost no public scrutiny.

Sue Minter and Matt Dunne made a great show of returning their corporate campaign contributions. They could denounce these cynically timed outside expenditures but prefer to have the money.

Vermont voters can express their views of this kind of politics by voting for neither.

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Posted by Peter Galbraith on 08/09/2016 at 7:52 AM

Re: “With $95k Loan, Dunne Breaks Pledge to Limit Self-Financing

Finally, I did not mean to go on the record with a colorful expression to describe Matt Dunne. I meant only to put my comments about Dunne's integrity on the record. However, the fault was entirely mine and not the reporter's. Paul Heintz recorded my words accurately. I apologized the same day to the Dunne campaign for that one word of my remarks.

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Posted by Peter Galbraith on 08/07/2016 at 10:37 AM

Re: “With $95k Loan, Dunne Breaks Pledge to Limit Self-Financing

Here is what is wrong with what Matt Dunne did. He pledged on his website not to self fund his campaign. He then self-funded his campaign to the tune of $95,000. He did not disclose that he had broken his pledge which remained on his web site. Two days after loaning his own campaign $95,000, he criticized me in the VPR debate for loaning my own campaign $200,000. Basically, he hoped that no one notice his own self funding done days before the election and recorded only in an obscure filing with the Secretary of State. Once caught out, he tried to cover his tracks by pretending that a loan was different than self funding.

I understand why a candidate might self fund. i entered the race late and had a choice between spending time on the phone raising money or loaning myself money and using my time to meet voters. I have no problem with Matt Dunne breaking his pledge. This can happen. But, I do have a problem with a candidate breaking his pledge, deliberately misleading voters into thinking he was honoring it, and then criticizing another candidate for doing the very thing he himself had just done.

This conduct raises questions about Matt Dunne's integrity. And it makes me doubt that he is being honest when he claims he knew nothing about the $220,000 in ads that billionaire Reid Hoffman, whom Dunne describes as a close friend, just bought in a so-called independent expenditure on Dunne's behalf.

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Posted by Peter Galbraith on 08/07/2016 at 10:33 AM

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