When the moneyed interests encounter an opposing force, they do what they have always done, which is to silence that opposing force.
In Vermont, and in this particular case, the moneyed interests are the renewable energy folks and the opposing force is Annette Smith.
They want her silenced.
In an Associated Press story it was reported she is now the target of a criminal investigation. The renewable energy folks contend she is practicing law without a license before the Public Service Board.