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{{tnr}}'''Campaign finance requirements for Vermont ballot measures''' are promulgated by the [[Vermont Secretary of State]] Elections and Campaign Finance Division.
 
{{tnr}}'''Campaign finance requirements for Vermont ballot measures''' are promulgated by the [[Vermont Secretary of State]] Elections and Campaign Finance Division.
  
The Secretary of State is responsible for all administrative and reporting functions of Vermont's campaign finance laws<ref>[http://www.michie.com/vermont/lpext.dll/vtcode/c260/c898/c89a/c8d8?f=templates&fn=document-frame.htm&2.0#JD_172810a ''Michie's'' "Vermont Election Code"](Referenced Statute §  2806a(a), Vermont Code)</ref>.
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The Secretary of State is responsible for all administrative and reporting functions of Vermont's campaign finance laws<ref>[http://www.michie.com/vermont/lpext.dll/vtcode/c260/c898/c89a/c8d8?f=templates&fn=document-frame.htm&2.0#JD_172810a ''Michie's'', "Vermont Election Code"](Referenced Statute §  2806a(a), Vermont Code)</ref>.
  
All campaign finance complaints and violations are investigated by the [[Vermont Attorney General]]<ref>[http://www.michie.com/vermont/lpext.dll/vtcode/c260/c898/c89a/c8c3?fn=document-frame.htm&f=templates&2.0# ''Michie's'' "Vermont Election Code"](Referenced Statute §  2806a(a), Vermont Code)</ref>.
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All campaign finance complaints and violations are investigated by the [[Vermont Attorney General]]<ref>[http://www.michie.com/vermont/lpext.dll/vtcode/c260/c898/c89a/c8c3?fn=document-frame.htm&f=templates&2.0# ''Michie's'', "Vermont Election Code"](Referenced Statute §  2806a(a), Vermont Code)</ref>.
  
 
==General requirements==
 
==General requirements==
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===Political committee===
 
===Political committee===
  
Any group in support or opposition of a question of public policy in Vermont is considered to be a political committee<ref>[http://www.michie.com/vermont/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=main-h.htm&cp=vtcode ''Michie's'' "Vermont Election Code"](Referenced Statute § 2801(4), Vermont Code)</ref>.
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Any group in support or opposition of a question of public policy in Vermont is considered to be a political committee<ref>[http://www.michie.com/vermont/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=main-h.htm&cp=vtcode ''Michie's'', "Vermont Election Code"](Referenced Statute § 2801(4), Vermont Code)</ref>.
  
 
===Bank/Treasurer certification===
 
===Bank/Treasurer certification===
  
Vermont does not use an official statement of organization as a means of registering a campaign.  Under Vermont law, all political committees in support or opposition of a ballot measure must file a form certifying the committee's bank and who is the treasurer of the committee<ref>[http://www.michie.com/vermont/lpext.dll/vtcode/c260/c898/c89a/c8a5?fn=document-frame.htm&f=templates&2.0#e ''Michie's'' "Vermont Election Code"](Referenced Statute § 2802(a),(b), Vermont Code)</ref>.
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Vermont does not use an official statement of organization as a means of registering a campaign.  Under Vermont law, all political committees in support or opposition of a ballot measure must file a form certifying the committee's bank and who is the treasurer of the committee<ref>[http://www.michie.com/vermont/lpext.dll/vtcode/c260/c898/c89a/c8a5?fn=document-frame.htm&f=templates&2.0#e ''Michie's'', "Vermont Election Code"](Referenced Statute § 2802(a),(b), Vermont Code)</ref>.
  
 
==Campaign finance requirements==
 
==Campaign finance requirements==
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===Contribution limits===
 
===Contribution limits===
  
There are no contribution limits to political committees in support or opposition of a question of public policy in Vermont<ref>[http://www.michie.com/vermont/lpext.dll/vtcode/c260/c898/c89a/c8b4?f=templates&fn=document-frame.htm&2.0#JD_172805 ''Michie's'' "Vermont Election Code"](Referenced Statute § 2805(g), Vermont Code)</ref>.
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There are no contribution limits to political committees in support or opposition of a question of public policy in Vermont<ref>[http://www.michie.com/vermont/lpext.dll/vtcode/c260/c898/c89a/c8b4?f=templates&fn=document-frame.htm&2.0#JD_172805 ''Michie's'', "Vermont Election Code"](Referenced Statute § 2805(g), Vermont Code)</ref>.
  
 
===Corporate/labor contributions===
 
===Corporate/labor contributions===
  
Vermont does not ban corporations or labor unions to contribute to campaigns in support or opposition of a question of public policy<ref name="corp-labor">[http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=19607 ''National Conference of State Legislatures'' "Citizens United and the States," March 1, 2010]</ref>.  Also, Vermont allows direct contributions by corporations and labor unions to candidates, candidate committees, and state/local party organizations<ref name="corp-labor" />.
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Vermont does not ban corporations or labor unions to contribute to campaigns in support or opposition of a question of public policy<ref name="corp-labor">[http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=19607 ''National Conference of State Legislatures'', "Citizens United and the States," March 1, 2010]</ref>.  Also, Vermont allows direct contributions by corporations and labor unions to candidates, candidate committees, and state/local party organizations<ref name="corp-labor" />.
  
 
===Filing reports===
 
===Filing reports===
  
All political committees in Vermont must file campaign finance reports for all campaign contributions over $100<ref>[http://www.michie.com/vermont/lpext.dll/vtcode/c260/c898/c89a/c8aa?fn=document-frame.htm&f=templates&2.0# ''Michie's'' "Vermont Election Code"](Referenced Statute § 2803(a)1, Vermont Code)</ref>.
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All political committees in Vermont must file campaign finance reports for all campaign contributions over $100<ref>[http://www.michie.com/vermont/lpext.dll/vtcode/c260/c898/c89a/c8aa?fn=document-frame.htm&f=templates&2.0# ''Michie's'', "Vermont Election Code"](Referenced Statute § 2803(a)1, Vermont Code)</ref>.
  
 
==Reporting requirements and reports==
 
==Reporting requirements and reports==
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==Campaign advertising restrictions==
 
==Campaign advertising restrictions==
  
Vermont requires all campaign advertisements to disclose the name and address of the person or committee paying for the ad<ref>[http://www.michie.com/vermont/lpext.dll/vtcode/c260/c898/c921/c927?fn=document-frame.htm&f=templates&2.0# ''Michie's'' "Vermont Election Code"](Referenced Statute § 2892, Vermont Code)</ref>.
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Vermont requires all campaign advertisements to disclose the name and address of the person or committee paying for the ad<ref>[http://www.michie.com/vermont/lpext.dll/vtcode/c260/c898/c921/c927?fn=document-frame.htm&f=templates&2.0# ''Michie's'', "Vermont Election Code"](Referenced Statute § 2892, Vermont Code)</ref>.
  
 
==Terminating a committee==
 
==Terminating a committee==

Revision as of 08:11, 7 May 2014

Campaign finance requirements for Vermont ballot measures are promulgated by the Vermont Secretary of State Elections and Campaign Finance Division.

The Secretary of State is responsible for all administrative and reporting functions of Vermont's campaign finance laws[1].

All campaign finance complaints and violations are investigated by the Vermont Attorney General[2].

General requirements

Political committee

Any group in support or opposition of a question of public policy in Vermont is considered to be a political committee[3].

Bank/Treasurer certification

Vermont does not use an official statement of organization as a means of registering a campaign. Under Vermont law, all political committees in support or opposition of a ballot measure must file a form certifying the committee's bank and who is the treasurer of the committee[4].

Campaign finance requirements

Contribution limits

There are no contribution limits to political committees in support or opposition of a question of public policy in Vermont[5].

Corporate/labor contributions

Vermont does not ban corporations or labor unions to contribute to campaigns in support or opposition of a question of public policy[6]. Also, Vermont allows direct contributions by corporations and labor unions to candidates, candidate committees, and state/local party organizations[6].

Filing reports

All political committees in Vermont must file campaign finance reports for all campaign contributions over $100[7].

Reporting requirements and reports

First report

The first campaign finance report for political action committees is due on August 5, 2010[8].

Monthly reports

After the first reports are due in early August. Political Action Committees must file monthly campaign finance reports. The reports are due on August 25th, September 27th, and October 25th, 2010[8].

40 Day post-election

The 40 day post-election report covers all campaign finance activity from the end of the October 25th deadline up to 40 days after the election. The report is due on December 13th, 2010[8]

Campaign advertising restrictions

Vermont requires all campaign advertisements to disclose the name and address of the person or committee paying for the ad[9].

Terminating a committee

Under Vermont law, a committee must file a final report in order to terminate. All campaign debts must be paid off before terminating. Surplus funds cannot be used for personal use[10].

External links

References

  1. Michie's, "Vermont Election Code"(Referenced Statute § 2806a(a), Vermont Code)
  2. Michie's, "Vermont Election Code"(Referenced Statute § 2806a(a), Vermont Code)
  3. Michie's, "Vermont Election Code"(Referenced Statute § 2801(4), Vermont Code)
  4. Michie's, "Vermont Election Code"(Referenced Statute § 2802(a),(b), Vermont Code)
  5. Michie's, "Vermont Election Code"(Referenced Statute § 2805(g), Vermont Code)
  6. 6.0 6.1 National Conference of State Legislatures, "Citizens United and the States," March 1, 2010
  7. Michie's, "Vermont Election Code"(Referenced Statute § 2803(a)1, Vermont Code)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Vermont Secretary of State "2010 Critical Dates"
  9. Michie's, "Vermont Election Code"(Referenced Statute § 2892, Vermont Code)
  10. Michie "Vermont Election Code"(Referenced Section § 2804 (a)-(d), Vermont Code)