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8.20.2008

 

It's mine

It's taken a few weeks, but the Pollina campaign has decided to keep the money it received from contributors who donated more than $1,000 -- which totals about $28,000.

The campaign says it can keep the money because by its interpretation of the law that may or may not be governing campaign spending these days, they accepted most of the extra money when Anthony Pollina was still a Progressive Party candidate for governor and would have theoretically had a primary election. When he decided to become an independent, he no longer had a primary and according to the interpretation of law by state officials could not longer accept donations up to $2,000 per individual. His limit became $1,000.

Pollina and staff argue, "The law says nothing about what happens if you change party affiliation."

In a statement issued last night (sorry we are so slow to post but we've had some other things on our minds here at the Free Press in recent days), the Pollina campaign wrote, "The interpretation of the law now being suggested discriminates against independent and minor party candidates. Vermont law traditionally called for contribution limits to be per election cycle (a two-year period."

The campaign points to a guide that says "A candidate may accept $2,000 so long as it is with the intent of applying $1,000 for use in paying expenses related to the primary and $1,000 for the General Election." Pollina accepted most of the money when he expected to be in the Progressive Party Primary.

Most, but not all. According to his campaign finance report of July 31, he received six contributions that brought the contributors totals to more than $1,000 after he said he would run as an independent. Martha Abbott made two $1,000 contributions on July 27.

Elections Director Kathy DeWolfe, said there is no question but that the law requires Pollina to return the extra money. "He chose not to run in the primary so he can't keep it."

So the question here is who is going to challenge Pollina about this money? If no one does, why?

-- Nancy Remsen

Comments:
Nobody will challenge him, because he isn't a threat to anyone.

Never before has so much been written about a candidate who has no real chance of winning.
 
Another politician who thinks he's above the law.
 
What a putz. The schmuck's sole contribution to Vermont is to saddle us with the embarrassment that is brian dubie.

He's a Prog version of Jerry Tarrant. Another self-important clown with no resume who thinks he deserves to start at the top.

He should have paid his dues and run as Lite Gov when he had the chance. Even dubie had sense enough to start and win there before setting his sights on bigger and better things.

He's not Bernie. Bernie got himself elected Mayor of Burlington a time or two before moving up the ladder.

If he's in violation of the law, they should go after him like a crooked gop.
 
Who is Jerry Tarrant??
 
Coop is off his meds again. He gets things confused when he forgets the meds.
 
Maybe Rob Hofmann can lend Anthony the money. Take it out of the profits he's made from his Corrections Corporation of America stock. The stock has gone up quite a bit since Rob had dinner with the cca representatives.
 
Rich Tarrant, who founded IDX, ran for Senate.

Gerry Tarrant is a Montpelier attorney.
 
But who is Jerry Tarrant??
 
coop... shut up. You clearly need to get your facts straight before you start accusing people.
I would like to point put the fact that you just called Pollina a "schmuck." When Peter talks about Paul, he talks about Peter more than about Paul. Remember that Coop
 
Jerry is the little mouse from the cartoons. Seems coop thinks he is real.
 
me....

"coop... shut up. You clearly need to get your facts straight before you start accusing people."

Refresh my memory, little fella. Which ignorant, anonymous-trash nitwit are you again?

Just what "facts" does your ignorant anonymous ass feels need "straightening",

"I would like to point put the fact that you just called Pollina a "schmuck."

Yeah, I did. Was I goin' too fast for ya, little fella? How detailed a map do ya need?

"When Peter talks about Paul, he talks about Peter more than about Paul. Remember that Coop"

Evidently, you haven't been paying attention, little fella. That New Testament stuff is like "New Coke" to me, and, truth be told, the original wasn't such a classic, either.

What do Peter and Paul have to do with Pollina bein' a schmuck. The meter's runnin', mini me, get to the part where I'm supposed to give a damn or get lost.

Always a pleasure.
 
Anonymous...

"Jerry is the little mouse from the cartoons. Seems coop thinks he is real."

Nah, your ignorant anonymous ass is a gutless little fraud no matter what ya call yourself or where ya spew your psychotic slop, little fella.

There's nothin' real about you, little jerry slimeball.
 
Anonymous has left a new comment on the post "It's mine":

"But who is Jerry Tarrant??"

My bad. That should read richie tarrant.

Mea culpa.
 
so glad I bothered to click on the comment section...
 
Jerry Tarrant?

So everyone is Jerry now eh Jiffy? Jerry Bush and Jerry Cheney plotting against you with advice from Jerdoleezza Rice?

How about Jerry Douglas, he after you too?

You're a halfwit Jerry Cooper.
 
Anonymous said...

"Jerry Tarrant?

So everyone is Jerry now eh Jiffy? Jerry Bush and Jerry Cheney plotting against you with advice from Jerdoleezza Rice?"

Not once you slither out from under your rock and make your ignorant anonymous ass's presence known, little jerry slimeball.

Once that's established, garden variety ignorant anonymous trash with bupkis is merely garden variety ignorant anonymous trash with bupkis and the nameless-nitwit scum vote is all present and accounted for, little fella.

Always a pleasure.
 
Anonymous...

"so glad I bothered to click on the comment section... "

Then I'm happy for your ignorant anonymous ass, too, little fella.
 
Folks...

Actually Jerry Tarrant is Rich Tarrant's son - starred as a defenseman for UVM Hockey - back when Leclair played, I think!
 
Folks...

Actually Jerry Tarrant is Rich Tarrant's son - starred as a defenseman for UVM Hockey - back when Leclair played, I think!
 
The Progs are leaving their party because they know they can't win...

First, it was Clavelle who left to decalre he was now a Dem.

Then, Pollina asked for the Dem nod for Governor this past yea, and when he didn't get that, he left the prog party to run as an independent.

Now, we also have Burlington City Councilor Tim Ashe who is listed as a Prog - recognizing he can't win in Chittenden County as a Prog, taking out a petition to run in the Dem Primary for State Senate.

Looks like the "abandon ship" call has gone out!
 
The progs don't have support outside of a few house districts.

It isn't a party. It's a cult. They want Vermont to be their own Jonestown.

Sorry boys, we ain't drinking the kool aid.
 
Anonymous...

The progs don't have support outside of a few house districts.

It isn't a party. It's a cult. They want Vermont to be their own Jonestown.

Sorry boys, we ain't drinking the kool aid."

Progs should be a wing of the Democratic Party. On their own, they only improve the odds of gop scum contagion gummin' up the works.

The sooner the face up to and accept that reality, the better Vermont's chances are of ridding itself of the scourge of gop-slime contagion and its corrosive effects on Vermont and this Country.
 
Take a chill pill Jerry Cooper
 
Today's Progressive Party does nothing but help the GOP.

Remember, after Brian Dubie won in 2003, Pollina showed up at the GOP Headquarters and rec'd public thanks from podium from Dubie.
 
Yeah but both the Progs and Dems in this state are waaaay too self-righteous and self-absorbed to ever bury the hatchet. Which may be for the best for all of us!
 
What are you smoking?

If we left this state to the GOP, we would look like northern New Jersey - Douglas and his ANR team want to pave over VT in the interest of jobs - environment be damned!
 
And the paving company will be a private contractor that just happens to also be a Douglas campaign contibutor.
 
Yes, and all you prog/dems want is "livable wage" jobs driven by the wind.
 
Wind power rules!
 
It would put Vermonters to work.
 
Anonymous...

"Yes, and all you prog/dems want is "livable wage" jobs driven by the wind."

In other words, you're still dumb, you're still scum and your ignorant anonymous ass doesn't know which end is up or what day it is and ya don't know what the hell you're talkin' about.

Thanks for settin' the record straight, little fella.

Always a pleasure.
 
Anonymous....

"It would put Vermonters to work."

If only it could do it as fast as shrub and doogie put them out of work.
 
Too bad "do you want fries with that" Coop can't do more than cut and paste his usual caustic slop. How 'bout something new to say you friggin' liberal slop? You have absolutely nothing new to add to the debate...ever! Liberal trash.
 
Peabody J. Flash....

"Too bad "do you want fries with that" Coop can't do more than cut and paste his usual caustic slop."

Ya mean like your ignorant anonymous ass is doin' now, mr flash in the pan.

"How 'bout something new to say you friggin' liberal slop? You have absolutely nothing new to add to the debate...ever! Liberal trash."

Debate, eh? That's a good one, little flasher fella.

You made it abundantly clear that you had neither the capacity nor the inclination to "debate" anything long before I got here, deducebag. That delusional-dreck notion left town before Doug Hoffer did, now put your shtick away, close the raincoat, button it, belt it and stuff a sock in it before ya hurt yourself, little fella.

You and your clueless-cretin comrades dole out ignorant anonymous trash with bupkis spewin' psychotic-slop and fixed-news, nitwit-nonsense you can't substantiate and frequently can't spell, schmuck.

You're dumb, you're scum and ya got bupkis, little fella. You don't debate here any more than more than you sing opera at a level that would make people forget Pavarotti, ya pretentious putz.

Half truths and horsebrit are not a side of the story, little fella. They're merely half truths and horebrit.

They don't constitute a legitimate point of view worthy of careful consideration and debate, deducebag.

You are not a worthy advocate of a legitimate point of view supported by the facts and the evidence, flash. There is nothing serious, intelligent or legitimate about your ignorant ass.

You're just another neo-nazi nitwit makin' stuff up and dolin' out delusional dreck on the internet, little fella. The University Mall Parking Lots are littered with racks of the lunatic-fringe likes of you the merchants can't give away.

They just pray for rain to collect on the insurance and cut their losses, because, if ya can't make your case without lyin' your lunatic-fringe ass off, ya don't have one.

You can't and you don't.

So, take your flat-earth trash talking points where the climate suits your sheet, schmuck.

You can show yourself out.
 
What a joke! Lefties fighting over campaign money! What a bunch of wretched, miserable, phonies, sort of like their hero Barack (I pledge to only use public funds...wink wink).
 
bubba

"What a joke! Lefties fighting over campaign money! What a bunch of wretched, miserable, phonies, sort of like their hero Barack (I pledge to only use public funds...wink wink)."

In other words, you're still dumb, you're still scum and your ignorant anonymous ass has still got bupkis.

Thanks for clearin' that up, bubble boy.
 
Paragraph 2 is your standard cut and paste response when you have no defense. Why did Barack pledge to use public funds then back down when McCain agreed? Also, why did he run away from town hall debates after saying they were a good idea?

I thought so.

Bupkis.
 
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