- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Sen. David Zuckerman, a Progressive candidate for Vermont lieutenant governor, says he’ll go ahead with traditional financing now that he has lost his legal battle to get public financing for his campaign despite an early start.

Federal Judge William Sessions ruled Wednesday that Zuckerman started too early under a provision in the law that requires those receiving public financing not to start campaigning before February of an election year. Zuckerman says he started campaigning in November because two rivals in the Democratic primary were already campaigning.

He sought a ruling saying that was allowed. Now that that’s been denied, he says he’ll skip public financing and focus on what he describes as small donations from everyday voters.

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