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Issue Position: Exclusion from Publicly Funded Debates in Vermont

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Randy Brock - Republican and Peter Shumlin - Democrat were invited to a VPR (Vermont Public Radio is supported by your tax dollars) governor debate Sept. 12, 2012, but Cris Ericson of the United States Marijuana Party was excluded.

Are Bob Kinzel, Jane Lindholm and Vermont Public Radio committing a crime of taking tax dollars which support VPR and their paychecks, and using them to create an unregistered political action committee promoting some candidates while excluding others?

VPR's long-standing policy is to include only major party candidates in its debates, so neither independent gubernatorial candidate Emily Peyton nor United States Marijuana Party candidate Cris Ericson were invited to participate.

VPR debate moderators Bob Kinzel are Jane Lindholm. Should they be charged with illegally using our tax dollars to create an unregistered political action committee to promote only major party candidates while excluding other candidates whose tax dollars support VPR and their salaries?

Should the state and federal definitions of illegal unregistered political action committees which support some candidates in order to seriously and willfully and intentionally take votes away from others, while using taxpayer dollars to do so, be applied to all mass media, television, radio and newspapers which receive state or federal taxpayer funding?

Corporation for Public Broadcasting - PBS, is funded by the federal government, and in turn, it funds NPR - National Public Radio, which in turn funds VPR, Vermont Public Radio.

Treating candidates in a "separate manner" is the same as when Negro children were sent to "separate but equal" schools, which were proven by the U.S. Supreme Court to not be "equal" at all.

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