Berlin, VT – This morning the Vermont Democratic Party sent a mass fundraising solicitation by email authored and signed by House Democrat Majority Leader Jill Krowinski asking for contributions on behalf of the Vermont Democratic Party. This fundraising plea was sent to and therefore solicited contributions from lobbyists, circumventing a Vermont state law (2 V.S.A. 266(3)(A)) prohibiting lawmakers from soliciting contributions from lobbyists during the legislative session.
Jeff Bartley, Executive Director of the Vermont Republican Party issued the following statement:
“Representative Krowinski’s priorities as a legislator are in question. Not only is she working to unseat a duly elected Representative, she’s spending more time turning President Trump into a human punching bag on the floor of the House of Representatives than addressing the critical issues facing Vermonters like job creation, the economy, and making Vermont more affordable.
“As a legislator serving her third term, a former Executive Director of the Vermont Democrat Party, and a former campaign manager, Rep. Krowinski should be more than familiar with Vermont’s campaign finance laws. Rep. Krowinski is more concerned with raising money for her reelection campaign in 2018, than doing the work her constituents elected her to do.
“Vermonters must be warned. The majority party in Montpelier is taking a hard-left about-face. They are more focused with sharpening their partisan swords than looking out for the best interest of mainstream Vermonters.
“Today, we call on the Secretary of State and the Attorney General to investigate this blatant disregard of tri-partisan campaign finance laws.”
In 2015, S.93 was passed by both chambers of the Vermont legislature and was signed into law by then Governor Shumlin. The bill was passed by the House on a roll call vote of 138-7, with Rep. Jill Krowinski voting in favor of the legislation she is currently circumventing. The law took effect on July 1, 2015 and can be found at 2 V.S.A. Section 266(3)(A).