(Dean Corren is the Progressive Party candidate for Lt. Gov. of Vermont. The following was originally published in Seven Days.)
The first Vermont political candidate in a decade to secure public financing says he thinks all state elections should be funded by taxpayers.
Standing in front of Burlington’s iconic “Democracy” statue Thursday afternoon, Progressive lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Dean Corren argued that public election financing is the only way to reduce the influence of money in politics.
“Let me make my position clear: Big money is the opposite of free speech,” he said. “And when it dominates our elections, it is the opposite of democracy.”