- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A former member of the Vermont House of Representatives will review a campaign finance complaint against the state’s attorney general, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Friday.

Tom Little, who’s also an attorney, will review the claims made against Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell. Shumlin appointed Little because Sorrell can’t review complaints against himself.

“Tom has a well-deserved reputation for integrity and common sense in both his public and private life,” Shumlin said in a statement posted on the governor’s website. “I am grateful to Tom for taking on this role.”

A complaint brought by Republican Party Vice Chairman Brady Toensing claims Sorrell took campaign contributions from private lawyers then joined them in a lawsuit against 29 oil and gas companies. It also claims Sorrell’s 2012 primary campaign improperly coordinated activities with a super PAC, and that Sorrell did not properly report campaign expenditures.

Sorrell, a Democrat who has served as attorney general since 1997, denies the accusations.

He previously reversed his own statement that it would be a waste of taxpayer money to hire an independent investigator.

Little will report back to an eight-member Campaign Finance Review Committee with state’s attorneys from both parties. He declined the Burlington Free Press’s request for comment until he begins work.

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