MYTH VS. FACT: LEAHY’S WCAX INTERVIEW
LEAHY MISLEADS ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND DEBATE QUESTIONS
VERMONT DONATIONS FINANCE LEAHY CAMPAIGN???
MYTH: LEAHY RELIES PRIMARILY ON VERMONT DONORS TO FUND HIS CAMPAIGN. “I also have far more Vermonters, thousands of Vermonters who contributed to me. What I have found is in every campaign I’ve been in, whoever has the most Vermonters contribute to them, they win. I remember one campaign I had where my opponent, most of his television and everything else was paid for by out of state PAC money. But I won because there were far more Vermonters paying for mine.” (WCAX, 8/30/16)
FACT: THE CENTER FOR RESPONSIVE POLITICS REPORTS THAT 91 PERCENT OF LEAHY’S CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS ARE FROM OUT-OF-STATE. Of the top 10 zip codes donating to Leahy, not a single one is in Vermont. Half are from the Washington, D.C. metro area.
SMALL DONATIONS FUEL THE LEAHY CAMPAIGN???
MYTH: LEAHY CLAIMS 70 PERCENT OF HIS DONATIONS ARE UNDER $100. “The money I have, I’ve disclosed every single cent that I get, whatever it is. Seventy percent of it is under $100.” (WCAX, 8/30/16)
FACT: THE CENTER FOR RESPONSIVE POLITICS REPORTS THAT ONLY TWO PERCENT OF LEAHY’S DONATIONS ARE UNDER $200. Small donors (defined as individual donors totaling $200 and less) make up just two percent of Leahy’s donations. Large individual donors make up 62 percent, while PAC donations comprise 32 percent of Leahy donations.
VERMONT TRADITION IS FOR THREE DEBATES???
MYTH: LEAHY SAYS THE VERMONT TRADITION IS THREE DEBATES. “I think the usual number of debates is around three debates.” (WCAX, 8/30/16)
IN A RECENT LETTER TO MILNE, THE LEAHY CAMPAIGN SAID THREE DEBATES IS THE TRADITION. “‘Traditionally, there are three debates in races for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House,” [a Leahy spokesperson] said. ‘Senator Leahy will follow this precedent.’” (Seven Days, 8/31/16)
FACT: LEAHY HIMSELF CALLED FOR SIX DEBATES IN HIS CAMPAIGN AGAINST JIM DOUGLAS. “But as Milne pointed out Monday in an open letter to his opponent, Leahy hasn’t always abided by such self-set rules. ‘You claim that Vermont “tradition” dictates a limit of three debates for the office of U.S. Senate,’ Milne wrote. ‘I found this ridiculous claim all the more disingenuous given you challenged Jim Douglas to six debates in 1992.”’ (Seven Days, 8/31/16)
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