SCOTT MILNE CONTINUES TO ADVOCATE FOR DEBATE, A CLEAN U.S. SENATE CAMPAIGN, AND LEAHY COMMUNICATIONS RELATED TO EB-5

Pomfret, VT (August 25, 2016) — U.S. Senate candidate Scott Milne this morning wrote to Senator Leahy to follow up on his August 17, 2016 four-debate challenge, July 21, 2016 clean campaign pledge offer, and May 6, 2016 request for release of EB-5-related materials.

Senator Leahy has declined to directly respond to our four-debate challenge, just as he has repeatedly declined to respond to our clean campaign pledge and request for transparency as to his knowledge of, and involvement in, the EB-5 scandal,” said Campaign Manager Elise Milne. “Per a Leahy spokesperson’s suggestion, we reached out to Senator Leahy directly this morning. That letter can be viewed here.

To decline our debate challenge would be absolutely contrary to the principles of transparency and democratic engagement that our opponent’s campaign purports to stand for. If the Senator can step out of Washington for a public access debate, surely he can make time for Vermont’s largest media outlets.

Senator Leahy has further declined to substantively respond to our repeated requests to take big money and special interests out of this race by adopting a clean campaign pledge.

Our proposed pledge includes (1) limiting campaign spending moving forward to $250,000, and matching any outside spending by a factor of two to one; (2) prohibiting and returning all special interest PAC money; and (3) closing down and divesting the Senator’s leadership PAC.

In the same vein, the Senator is stonewalling our request for information about his involvement in the Ponzi-like fraud crippling Vermont’s EB-5 dependent businesses and communities.

We await a response from Senator Leahy on all of these important issues.”

BACKGROUND:

Milne issues four-debate challenge:

http://vtdigger.org/2016/08/17/scott-milne-challenges-u-s-sen-leahy-4-tv-debates/

Leahy spokesperson suggests direct communication: http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/a-climate-change-phil-scott-evolves-on-global-warming/Content?oid=3616844

Milne issues clean campaign challenge:

http://vtgop.org/milne-challenges-leahy-to-clean-campaign/

Milne renews clean campaign pledge challenge and makes spending cap accommodation:

http://vtgop.org/scott-milne-renews-call-for-senator-leahy-to-join-in-clean-campaign-pledge/

Milne calls on Leahy to come clean on EB-5, Jay Peak, ANC Bio, Q Burke, the demolition in Newport, and alleged fraud:

http://vtgop.org/milne-calls-on-leahy-to-come-clean-on-eb-5-jay-peak-anc-bio-q-burke-the-demolition-in-newport-and-alleged-fraud/