Vermont Senate Bills

Video: Bill prohibits businesses from making contributions in State elections

by Timothy Page

A Senate bill introduced on March 3 would bar business entities from making contributions in State elections.

S.121 would “prohibit business entities from making contributions to candidates, political parties, or political committees for the purpose of aiding, promoting, or preventing the nomination or election of any person to public office or of aiding, promoting, or antagonizing the interest of any political party in State elections.” It also would ban candidates, political parties, and political committees from soliciting, accepting any funds from the aforementioned business entities. No such restrictions have been placed with regard to the owners of said entities, however.

The bill was lead-sponsored by Sen. Nader Hashim (D-Dummerston) and referred to the Senate Committee on Government Operations. The act, if passed, would take effect on July 1, 2023.

7 replies »

  1. This sounds great. Wonderful. Liberating. Until you start to think about it.

  2. So businesses pursuing self interest (and trying to restrain government from crushing them) are sinning against the public good…so we’ll forbid it. We’ll whip this state into shape yet. Make those greedy selfish business folks behave themselves and stop influencing elected officials. Well that sounds good.

  3. How about getting rid of “professional” lobbists ? Keep out of state money out of state !

  4. Will Planned Parenthood be considered a “business” or will there be some special carve out/exemption in this proposal for woke entities that are darlings of the left?

    • …especially public sector unions that function largely as conduits from the public treasury into the coffers of the democrat party…

  5. Here again another stupid decision. What they need to do is prosecute candidates taking dirty money like Belant did. Now she’ll owe Soros favors!!