Shap Smith on Government Reform
Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors
Rep. Smith 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
Page last updated: Jul 26, 2017