Pollina donors file suit over campaign finance law

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Three donors to independent gubernatorial candidate Anthony Pollina have filed suit in federal court over an interpretation of Vermont’s campaign finance law issued by the office of Attorney General William Sorrell.

Ellen Oxfeld of Middlebury, Robin Lloyd of Burlington and Martha Abbott of Underhill all donated more than $1,000 to Pollina, only to see Sorrell’s office and Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz say that those donations violated Vermont’s campaign finance law.

The suit, filed by Burlington lawyer John Franco, says that’s unfair, because party-affiliated candidates are allowed to raise up to $2,000 from each donor, while independents are limited to $1,000.

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