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PAC spending kicks up in Vermont legislature races

October 4, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Political action committees are focusing their efforts on Vermont House and Senate races ahead of the November election.

Ten PACs have donated $78,000 to local candidates in the past month, Vermont Public Radio reported.

The Vermont-NEA Fund for Children and Public Education has donated $38,000 to 45 candidates this month.

“We firmly believe, in Vermont and elsewhere, having legislatures composed of supporters of working people and supporters of education and supporters of unions is absolutely crucial,” said the Vermont-NEA spokesman Darren Allen. The union cares about the gubernatorial race but is focused on the legislature which has more control over legislation, he said.

The Vermont Realtors PAC donated about $28,000 in September to 57 candidates. The legislature has enormous control over policies that affect housing, Alison Cummings of the Vermont Association of Realtors.

“And so we really support candidates who see that housing is a critical need in Vermont,” she said.

Five super PACs, which can accept unlimited donations, had registered in Vermont for the 2018 cycle by the end of August. However, spending from the groups has been slow.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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