What We’re Up Against: The VPIRG Numbers

by Rob Roper

Seven Days just released its annual report on lobbying expenses over the course of the legislative session. Not surprisingly, VPIRG – the driving force behind the Carbon Tax, among other left wing causes – led the pack.

According to the article, VPIRG spent $113,738 from January 15, 2017 to June 15, and deployed no less than 36 lobbyists, both “in house” and contracted, to push their agenda. According to GuideStar, VPIRG’s two arms, the educational 501c3 and the lobbying 501c4) have combined revenues of nearly $3 million.

Yet, still, we repeatedly kick their butts on the Carbon Tax! Imagine the results if this were anywhere close to a fair fight.

Here’s what some other big spenders invested in lobbying:

  • Vermont State Employees’ Association ($110,475)
  • Green Mountain Power ($54,442)
  • The University of Vermont Health Network ($53,896)
  • Vermont-NEA ($52,555)

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Jim Bulmer July 8, 2017 at 12:46 pm

It’s interesting to note that the NEA was low ma on the totem pole. It shouldn’t surprise anyone because there is little need as they OWN the legislature.

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