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Elect President by popular vote, not Electoral College

Sen. Shumlin SPONSORED the proposed bill:

Vermont legislative summary for S.34:

OnTheIssues explanation: This bill proposes a method to ensure the popular election of the president without requiring a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Electoral College.

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 15-10-4; died in House without a vote.

Source: Vermont legislative voting records for S.34 , Feb 27, 2009

Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors

Sen. Shumlin voted YES on overriding the governor's veto of Campaign Finance Limitations:

Vermont legislative findings for S.278:

  • Large campaign contributions reduce public confidence in the electoral process and increase the risk and the appearance that candidates and elected officials will not act in the best interests of all Vermont citizens.
  • Some candidates and elected officials, particularly when time is limited, may respond and give access to contributors who make large contributions in preference to those who make small or no contributions.
  • In Vermont, lower contribution limits have not prevented challengers from maintaining robust and competitive campaigns.
  • Identification of persons who publish political advertisements and electioneering communications assists in enforcing campaign finance limitations.

    Legislative outcome: Vetoed by Gov. Douglas; April 22 override in House 99-51-0; April 25 Senate override 26-4-0.

    Source: Vermont legislative voting records for S.278 , Apr 25, 2008

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