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Moe Robinson, Editor

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Mo Robinson�s

Power 50

The POWER 50 identifies Vermont�s 50 most politically influential personalities. In developing our list, we eliminated anyone who currently holds public office., as well as judges. This is an Insiders List. We looked at policy makers, party leaders, fundraisers, lobbyists, businesses, the media, and associations and have assembled the ultimate list of Vermonters with clout -- with an impact on politics and government in the Green Mountain State. We selected names based on a fairly unscientific curve: we allocated spaces on this list for a dozen different categories within our political community -- so #5 on the list of important fundraisers or donors may not make the list, but the most influential congressional staffer does.   Just remember that our list is purely subjective. There are no right or wrong answers, and this list is always changing. We welcome your comments on this list or on the Politicsvt.com website.

1

 Kathy Hoyt

Secretary of Administration.  Close to the Governor

 

2

 Cindy Metcalf

Chief of Staff, Lt. Governor Racine, Former State Chairperson of the Democratic Party

 

3

 Kate O�Connor

Treasurer, Fund for a Healthy America, has the Governors ear

4

 Skip Vallee

2000 State Senate Candidate, Current GOP National Committeeman

5

 Fred Hackett

 Advisor to Governors for 30 years

6

 Harlan Sylvester

 See above

7

 Steve Jansen

Lead Staffer for Governor Dean.  Key mover in the Statehouse

8

 Chuck Ross

State Director US Senator Patrick Leahy, former state representative

9

 Allen Martin

Partner, Downs, Rachlin and Martin, major GOP Fundraiser

10

 Jim Carey

Publisher Burlington Free Press

11

 Marselis Parsons

News Director WCAX TV, Host �You Can Quote Me�

12

 A. Wayne Roberts

 President Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, has the Governor�s ear

13

 Frank Cioffi

UVM Trustee, President GBIC, Strong family ties to VT politics

14

 Chris Graff

Bureau Chief for the AP

15

 Dale Rocheleau

Lobbyist,  Lawyer Downs, Rachlin and Martin

16

 Luke Albee

Chief of Staff, US Senator Patrick Leahy

17

 Scudder Parker

State Chairman, VT Democratic Party

18

 Steve Kimbell

Lobbyist, Partner Kimbell, Sherman & Ellis

19

 John O�Kane

Director of Community Affairs IBM

20

 James Dwinell

Editor, The Dwinell Political Report

21

 Joe Acinapura

State Chairman, VT GOP

22

 Anthony Pollina

 2000 Gubernatorial Candidate and current candidate for Lt. Governor

23

 Ross Sneyd

 Associated Press Reporter

24

 Tom Hughes

Chairman, Racine for Governor

25

 Jeff Carr

State Ecominist

26

 George McNeil

GOP Fundraiser and power broker in Rutland County

27

 Mary Hahn Beerworth

 Executive Director VT Right to Life.  The only person who can keep the 6 pack in line

28

 Bill Shouldice

Lobbyist, Partner Shouldice and Associates

29

 Rich Tarrant

 CEO, IDX Systems Corp.

30

 Mark Michaud

 Executive Director VT Democratic Party

31

 David Awbrey

Editorial page Editor, Burlington Free Press

32

 Jeb Spaulding

Works for Department of Education, Candidate for Treasurer

33

 Ed Colodny

Acting President UVM, Airline Executive

34

 Steve Terry

VP Green Mountain Power, Veteran Reporter

35

 Mark Sinclair

Attorney for CLF

36

 Susan Hudson

Executive Director VT GOP

37

 Tim Hayward

  Lobbyist, VT bankers Association

38

 Joel Cook

Executive VP for VT NEA

39

 Neale Lunderville

 Former GOP Executive Director, Current Manager Douglas for Governor

40

 Bob Kinzel

 Reporter, VT Public Radio

41

 Brian Dubie

2000 and 2002 Candidate for Lt. Governor

42

 Peter Freyne

Reporter Seven Days,  Writes weekly political column

43

 Darcie Johnson

GOP Fundraiser, former aide to Senator Jeffords

44

 Scott Johnstone

Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

45

 Tom Torti

Commissioner Buildings and General Services

46

 Steve Jeffrey

Executive Director, VT League of Cities and Towns

47

 Mark Johnson

Radio Talk show host

48

 Susan Auld

  Lobbyist, Partner Capitol Strategies former Majority Leader, former candidate Lt. Governor

49

 Marcy Harding

 Chair of the Environmental Board

50

 Ruth Dwyer

Former candidate for Governor, Current Reporter for ABC22

 

Do you have a comment about the list?  Did we miss someone, the list will be updated in October.

E-Mail Moe Robinson