On the first roll call vote of the year the House voted to approve S.82. To counter corporate and special interest money that can be donated anonymously to candidates through front organizations, the bill adjusts donation levels and allows political parties to donate unlimited amounts to candidates. This is a bad deal for Independents and Progressives and will probably lead to special interests spending even more money every election cycle. I was one of 15 to vote NO. To be fair, there is little to nothing that Vermont can do to effectively tackle the issue of special interest money influencing elections without a Constitutional amendment or reversal of Citizens United, but I don’t believe that further marginalization of candidates that choose not to be affiliated with the two dominant parties is good for Vermont’s diverse and independent political landscape.