Elections: Campaign Finance
Campaign Finance Reporting Dates and Forms
Campaign finance reports for candidates, PACs and parties in the 2013-2014 election cycle are due:
- July 15, 2013
- July 15, 2014
- August 15, 2014
- September 15, 2014
- October 15, 2014
- November 17, 2014
- December 15, 2014
2012 RevisedCampaign Finance Guide
Click here to see an overview of the current Contribution Limits
For the full text of Vermonts campaign finance law (17 V.S.A. chap. 59), click here.
Attorney General's Guidance Regarding Independent Expenditure Committees
Bank Designation and Treasurer Appointment Form:
There is no "registration" form in Vermont. This is the form that must be filed as soon as $500 or more has been spent or raised by a candidate. Political committees must file this form as soon as they have raised AND spent $500.
Bank Designation and Treasurer Appointment Form (Word)
Bank Designation and Treasurer Appointment Form (pdf)
Mass Media Form
Any person who makes expenditures for any one mass media activity of $500 or more within 30 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 to any candidate whose name or likeness is included in the activity within the same 24 hour period.
Campaign Finance Report for Candidates (pdf)
Fillable and saveable PDF for candidates for local office, general assembly and statewide office.
Campaign Finance Report for PACs and Parties (pdf)
Fillable and saveable PDF for PACs and political parties for local office, general assembly and statewide office.
Campaign Finance Report for Candidates (Word)
Campaign Finance Report for PACs and Parties (Word)
NOTE: The Word documents only contain the certification and summary sheets of the campaign finance report. The Details of Expenditures, Details of Contributions Over $100 and the Details of Debt/Other Obligations sheets are available below in Excel format.
Details of Expenditures (Excel)
Details of Contributions Over $100 (Excel)
Details of Debt/Other Obligations (Excel)
2013-14 Bank Designation & Treasurer Appointment Filings:
Candidates who filed Bank Designation & Treasurer Appointment forms 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 Bank Designation & Treasurer Appointment Filings:
Candidates who filed Bank Designation & Treasurer Appointment forms for the 2011-2012 Election Cycle.
Information for Federal PACs
Vermont Political Action Committees (PACs):
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)
Alphabetical lists of Political Action
Committees in the 2011-12, 2009-10 and 2007-08 cycles. Details are provided for PACs that filed a Bank Designation & Treasurer Appointment. A separate page of the same spreadsheet is also provided to show PACs that have filed campaign finance disclosure forms in the 2009-10 or 2007-08 cycles. Information on PACs that had previously filed will be updated in the future.
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.