Scheuermann, Ralston form legislative PAC

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Two Vermont lawmakers have launched a bipartisan political action committee to support like-minded candidates in the 2014 election.

Reps. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, and Paul Ralston, D-Middlebury, on Monday announced the creation of Vision to Action Vermont (V2AVT), a PAC they say will raise money to support candidates who share their ideas for improving the state's economy.

"We hope to influence the election in terms of putting the economy at the forefront of the debate," Scheuermann said.

She and Ralston said the candidates backed by Vision to Action Vermont could be of any party and could include incumbents as well as challengers.

Neither could say how much money the group hopes to raise and spend, but the campaign would start by reaching out to people the two lawmakers know and those who share their views on economic development.

Scheuermann, who is seeking re-election, and Ralston, who is not, teamed up last session to introduce an economic development bill they called "Unlocking Vermont's Economic Potential." Some elements of their bill made it into the final economic development law, S.220, including a $500,000 loan loss reserve fund to support entrepreneurial lending.

According to the group's news release, V2AVT is "a non-partisan organization that will promote, support and elect strong candidates for political office in Vermont who advocate for fiscal responsibility in state spending, and are committed to forming balanced, common-sense public policies that encourage economic prosperity, greater opportunities for Vermont families and businesses, and individual liberties and responsibility."


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