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Matt Dunne on Government Reform
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger: Click here for Matt Dunne on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Sue Minter on Government Reform
Democratic 8Gubernatorial candidate: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Sue Minter on other issues.
  • Call for transparency and accountability in state agencies. (May 2016)
  • Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors. (Apr 2008)
Phil Scott on Government Reform
Republican challenger for Governor: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Phil Scott on other issues.
  • Keep Electoral College instead of presidential popular vote. (Feb 2009)
  • Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors. (Apr 2008)
Shap Smith on Government Reform
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Shap Smith on other issues.
  • Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors. (Apr 2008)

Senate:

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John MacGovern on Government Reform
Republican challenger: Click here for John MacGovern on other issues.
    No stance on record.

House:


Peter Welch on Government Reform
Democrat: Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Peter Welch on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Member of House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. (Mar 2011)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Establish 15 days of early voting in all states. (Nov 2012)
  • Full disclosure of campaign spending. (Sep 2013)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Jan 2013)
  • No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote. (Jun 2014)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Jan 2015)
  • No separate contribution limits for party activities. (Jan 2015)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Howard Dean-Gov on Government Reform
Former Democratic Governor (2005-2008); pres. candidate 2004: Click here for Howard Dean-Gov on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Douglas on Government Reform
Republican VT Governor: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jim Douglas on other issues.
  • Vetoed campaign donations restrictions & identifying donors. (Apr 2008)
  • Cost Control Council to audit state government spending. (Oct 2002)
Bruce Lisman on Government Reform
Republican 2016 Gubernatorial candidate: Click here for Bruce Lisman on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Peter Shumlin on Government Reform
Democratic Governor (retiring 2016): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Peter Shumlin on other issues.
  • Elect President by popular vote, not Electoral College. (Feb 2009)
  • Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors. (Apr 2008)
Jim Jeffords on Government Reform
Independent Jr Senator (VT, retiring 2006): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Jim Jeffords on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted NO on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Subject independent 527s to rules for political committees. (Feb 2005)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
Jack McMullen on Government Reform
2004 former Republican challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jack McMullen on other issues.
  • Legislatures, not judges, decide on “God” in schools. (Aug 2004)
Len Britton on Government Reform
2010 Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Len Britton on other issues.
  • I intend to serve no more than two terms, not a lifetime. (Sep 2010)
  • Supports term limits; promises just two terms. (Jul 2010)
Larry Drown on Government Reform
Democratic challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Larry Drown on other issues.
  • Bring back honesty and openness into government. (Jun 2006)
Daniel Freilich on Government Reform
2010 Independent Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Daniel Freilich on other issues.
  • Public financing of campaigns. (Mar 2010)
Greg Parke on Government Reform
Republican challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Greg Parke on other issues.
  • No limits on campaign donations. (Aug 2006)
Richard Tarrant on Government Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for Richard Tarrant on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Al Giordano on Government Reform
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for Al Giordano on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Patrick Leahy on Government Reform
Democratic Sr Senator (VT): Click here for 22 full quotes OR click here for Patrick Leahy on other issues.
  • Justices should effectively check government overreaching. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted NO on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Criminalize false or deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote. (Jan 2014)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Feb 2013)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Feb 2015)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
Scott Milne on Government Reform
Republican candidate for Senate: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Scott Milne on other issues.
  • Washington gridlock results from too-long incumbency. (May 2016)
Bernie Sanders on Government Reform
Democratic primry challenger; Socialist Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large): Click here for 43 full quotes OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • It's oligarchy when billionaires buy elections. (Mar 2016)
  • Campaign financing is corrupt; no Super PAC for me. (Feb 2016)
  • Dept. of Defense is only agency never to have been audited. (Feb 2016)
  • Establishment candidates are beholden to big money. (Feb 2016)
  • Congress represents the wealthy; they donate to ensure that. (Feb 2016)
  • Litmus test for Supreme Court on Citizens United. (Feb 2016)
  • Overturn Citizens United: America is one person, one vote. (Feb 2016)
  • Presidency isn't winnable with public financing. (Feb 2016)
  • GOP loves voter suppression because it lets them win. (Feb 2016)
  • Citizens United means billionaires donate for THEIR interest. (Oct 2015)
  • Super-PACs pervert the democratic process. (Sep 2015)
  • Public funding of elections to promote even playing field. (Sep 2015)
  • We now have government of, by, and for the billionaires. (Sep 2015)
  • Reinforce voting rights to end voter suppression. (Sep 2015)
  • Constitutional amendment to reverse Citizen United ruling. (Apr 2015)
  • Citizens United opens up the road to oligarchy. (Sep 2014)
  • Underclass see the political deck stacked; and don't vote. (Mar 2014)
  • America struggles between organized people & organized money. (Nov 2012)
  • Best dairy policy is USDA board's supply management. (Oct 2012)
  • Rich people use wealth to elect people to make them richer. (Dec 2010)
  • Introduced Federal Reserve Transparency Act with Ron Paul. (Sep 2010)
  • Low-income workers don't vote because it's irrelevant. (Jun 1997)
  • Competitive bidding saves government money. (Jun 1997)
  • Receives more contributions, but fewer dollars, than GOP. (Jun 1997)
  • Accepts PAC money, but not from special interests. (Jun 1997)
  • Same-day automatic voter registration & 3-day voting. (Jun 1997)
  • Publicly fund elections, or small individual contributions. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Proportional IRV voting for Electoral College. (Mar 2001)
  • Criminalize false or deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Apr 2013)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Feb 2015)
Bernie Sanders on Government Reform
Democratic primry challenger; Socialist Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large): Click here for 43 full quotes OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • It's oligarchy when billionaires buy elections. (Mar 2016)
  • Campaign financing is corrupt; no Super PAC for me. (Feb 2016)
  • Dept. of Defense is only agency never to have been audited. (Feb 2016)
  • Establishment candidates are beholden to big money. (Feb 2016)
  • Congress represents the wealthy; they donate to ensure that. (Feb 2016)
  • Litmus test for Supreme Court on Citizens United. (Feb 2016)
  • Overturn Citizens United: America is one person, one vote. (Feb 2016)
  • Presidency isn't winnable with public financing. (Feb 2016)
  • GOP loves voter suppression because it lets them win. (Feb 2016)
  • Citizens United means billionaires donate for THEIR interest. (Oct 2015)
  • Super-PACs pervert the democratic process. (Sep 2015)
  • Public funding of elections to promote even playing field. (Sep 2015)
  • We now have government of, by, and for the billionaires. (Sep 2015)
  • Reinforce voting rights to end voter suppression. (Sep 2015)
  • Constitutional amendment to reverse Citizen United ruling. (Apr 2015)
  • Citizens United opens up the road to oligarchy. (Sep 2014)
  • Underclass see the political deck stacked; and don't vote. (Mar 2014)
  • America struggles between organized people & organized money. (Nov 2012)
  • Best dairy policy is USDA board's supply management. (Oct 2012)
  • Rich people use wealth to elect people to make them richer. (Dec 2010)
  • Introduced Federal Reserve Transparency Act with Ron Paul. (Sep 2010)
  • Low-income workers don't vote because it's irrelevant. (Jun 1997)
  • Competitive bidding saves government money. (Jun 1997)
  • Receives more contributions, but fewer dollars, than GOP. (Jun 1997)
  • Accepts PAC money, but not from special interests. (Jun 1997)
  • Same-day automatic voter registration & 3-day voting. (Jun 1997)
  • Publicly fund elections, or small individual contributions. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Proportional IRV voting for Electoral College. (Mar 2001)
  • Criminalize false or deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Apr 2013)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Feb 2015)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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