An unusual online auction to help Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Clavelle raise money has been suspended. That’s while the Burlington mayor’s campaign determines whether the online auction is legal.
Donors were able to bid on an eclectic mix of items ranging from vacation stays to Richard Nixon campaign posters. The proceeds were supposed to go to Clavelle’s campaign.
But questions arose around the value of the items donated to the campaign and the eventual purchase price paid by the winning bidder. Contributions to statewide candidates are capped at $400 per person, whether in cash or as a donated “in-kind” contribution.