- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A national organization co- founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent more than $77,000 on lobbying and advertising in Vermont in the first three months of this year.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1JvD6sI ) Everytown for Gun Safety, which seeks increased restrictions on guns, may be contributing to the increased gun regulation debate, since Vermont gun laws are relatively relaxed. The paper says it’s not uncommon for out-of-state organizations and businesses to spend money on lobbying in Vermont.

Sen. John Rodgers agrees. Shortly after voting against a bill that would have increased restrictions, he said he thinks a lot of the talk has come from outside the state.

The National Rifle Association also spent about $12,000 on lobbying in the same period.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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