Elections: Campaign Finance
Campaign Finance Reporting Dates* and Forms
*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 15
- 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 $500.00 or more must file campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State's Office 30 days before, 10 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 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
**please note we are currently in the process of updating the remainder of this page to reflect the provisions contained in the new campaign finance law. All relevant updates will be made as soon as possible.
2014 Revised Campaign Finance Guide (updated with changes reflecting the new campaign finance law)
Click here to see an overview of the current Contribution Limits**
**please note that the new contribution limits contained in the new law do not go into effect until January of 2015. Until then, throughout the 2014 campaign season, the contribution limits in effect prior to the passage of the new law will remain in effect.
Candidate, PAC, and Party Registration Forms:
Candidate Registration Form - Candidates must file this regisration within ten days of either raising or spending $500 or more in an election cycle.
Political Committee Registration Form - PACs must file this form within ten days of raising AND spending $1,000 or more.
Party Registration Form - Parties must file this form within ten days of either raising or spending $1,000 or more.
Candidate, PAC, and Party Disclosure Forms
Campaign Finance Report for Candidates
Fillable and saveable PDF for candidates for local office, general assembly and statewide office.
Campaign Finance Report for PACs and Parties
Fillable and saveable PDF for PACs and political parties for local office, general assembly and statewide office.
Details of Expenditures (Excel)
Details of Contributions Over $100 (Excel)
Details of Debt/Other Obligations (Excel)
Mass Media Form
Any person who makes expenditures for any one mass media activity of $500 or more within 45 days of a primary or general election - inclucing political committees (PACs), political parties and corporations - must file a Notice of Mass Media Expenditure with the Vermont Secretary of State within 24 hours of the expenditure, activity, or executing a contract for the activity, whichever comes first. (see page 7 in the Campaign Finance Guide for more details.) A copy of the form must also be sent by email (or if email is unavailable, by mail) to any candidate whose name or likeness is included in the activity within the same 24 hour period.
2013-14 Candidate Registrations:
Candidates who registered for the 2013-2014 Election Cycle.
(This form is required when a candidate spends or raises $500 or more, but may also be filed before spending or raising $500.)
2012 Candidate Registrations:
Candidates who registered for the 2011-2012 Election Cycle.
Vermont Political Action Committee (PAC) registrations:
VT PAC List, 2013-14 (Excel spreadsheet)
VT PAC List, 2011-12 (Excel spreadsheet)
VT PAC List, 2009-10 (Excel spreadsheet)
VT PAC List, 2009-10 (PDF)
VT PAC List, 2007-08 (Excel spreadsheet)
VT PAC List 2007-08 (PDF)
Citizens United v. FEC
The Office of the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Vermont Attorney General's Office, has concluded that the requirements of Vermont's campaign finance law are not affected by the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC. Vermont's statutory scheme of campaign finance disclosure and reporting should remain intact.
To see the Supreme Court's decision click here: Citizens United v. FEC.
Report to the Vermont General Assembly on the Design, Cost and Timeline for Filing Digital Campaign Finance Disclosure Reports.
Vermont Public Finance Grants for Governor and Lieutenant Governor:
Summary of Eligibility and Requirements and history of use since 2000.
View Summary Reports of Campaign Finance Contributions and Expenditures for
Candidates, Political Parties or Political Action Committees
Historical Campaign Finance Information from the State Archives
If you have questions, contact the Elections Division
by email or at (802) 828-2363.