For detailed information regarding compliance with the campaign finance law please see our 2014 Revised Campaign Finance Guide:
Campaign Finance Reporting Dates
The new campaign finance bill has been signed into law. Along with other changes, the new law contains a new reporting schedule. Under the new law, campaign finance reports for county, legislative and statewide candidates, PACs and parties are due on the following dates in 2014:
- March 15
- July 15
- August 18 (Aug 15 is Bennington Battle Day, deadline moved to next business day)
- September 1
- October 1
- October 15
- November 1
- November 18
- December 15 (“final report” due, if not previously filed)
Candidates for local office who have raised or spent $500 or more must file campaign finance reports with the Office of the Secretary of State thirty days before, ten days before, and two weeks after the local election (a “final report” is due within 40 days of the election).
PACs and parties that have raised or spent more than $1,000 to influence a local election or support candidates in a local election must file campaign finance reports with the Office of the Secretary of State on these same dates.
For local elections held this year on Tuesday, March 4 (Town Meeting Day), the filing dates for local candidates are:
- February 3
- February 24
- March 18
- April 14 (“final report” due, if not previously filed)
Overview of Contribution Limits
The contribution limits contained in the new campaign finance law do not go into effect until January 1, 2015. Until that time, the limits that were in effect under the previous law will continue to be enforced. For further detail, please read the Attorney General's Opinion on this matter.
In May of 2014, the Attorney General issued an Opinion regarding contribution limits for Independent and minor party candidates. In sum, all candidates for election to office in Vermont in the 2013-2014 cycle will be permitted to accept $2,000 from a single source and $6,000 from a political committee, unless the office is one for which no primary is provided by law. For further detail please read the Attorney General's Opinion on the matter.
Contributions to Candidates
$1,000 per election from individuals and entities that are not parties or political committees
$3,000 per election from political committees
Unlimited contributions from political parties
Contributions to Political Parties
- $2,000 per cycle from any individual or entity
Contributions to Political Action Committees
$2,000 per cycle from any individual or entity
*All candidates who have filed registrations for campaign finance reporting during the 2013-2014 election cycle. Candidates that registered in a previous cycle and have carried forward funds into this cycle do not have to re-register and may not be listed here. Candidates are required to re-register if there has been any change in their bank account or treasurer information.
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