Recent coverage of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling of Vermont’s Campaign Finance Law by the Free Press, left out another Vermont political party that had been influential in the case, and is one of the original plaintiffs from the case — the Vermont Libertarian Party.
The Vermont Libertarian Party supports the ruling of the Supreme Court, in protecting political free speech in the state of Vermont.
A person’s right to voice their opinions and choose to support a candidate with their money is their choice, and should never be violated. The ruling helps to level the playing field for those incumbent parties and the newer parties who have fresh ideas to bring to the table, and are seeking to be heard. Libertarians want to strike at the root of the problem of money, which is buying political influence.
Large amounts of campaign spending are just a symptom of the problem: politicians being able to dole out a lot of special favors and other types of pork while in office. Libertarians believe that government spending is out of control and that we can fix the problem by electing Libertarian legislators.
A 6-3 decision in the Randall v. Sorrell case by the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the restrictive spending and contribution limits on candidates and political parties passed by the Vermont Legislature in 1997.