Campaign Finance

Welch’s political war chest adds another $213,000

Rep. Peter Welch answers questions from reporters at his Burlington office Monday. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

Sanders and Leahy each take in about $30,000 in July-Sept. campaign finance reporting period.

Vermont delegation rakes it in, whether they need it or not

Rep. Peter Welch, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy got together Monday to talk about the farm bill passed through the house in June. VTD Photo/Taylor Dobbs

Thrifty Sanders leads the field with $4 million in the bank; Leahy has $1.6 million; Welch, the only candidate up for re-election in 2014, has $1.2 million.

Campaign finance: Shumlin banks more than $700,000 for probable re-election bid


Governor raises $87,000 in 2013 and is reimbursed $275,000 for campaign loans.

Margolis: Campaign finance problem is not the money, it’s finding the data

Campaign finance reports were due to on Friday. Photo by Kevin Rawlings

“Too much money” certainly does not seem to be the problem in Vermont, where only candidates for governor spend a lot of money …

Campaign finance reform failure means caps on donations unlikely to occur until 2016 campaign cycle

Republican minority leader Don Turner and Democratic majority leader Bill Jewett discuss the orders of the day before the final day of the 2013 Vermont legislative session, on May 14, 2013. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana/

Differences between House, Senate versions stall progress until January.

Disagreements, political theater delay campaign finance reform

Sen. Jeanette White and Sen. Peter Galbraith pore over the ins and outs of a campaign finance bill, during a mini-filibuster authored by Galbraith to delay a vote on campaign finance reform. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana/

Senate differs with recent House-approved campaign finance measures, calls for conference committee to resolve the disputes; Galbraith draws ire of some senators.

House reforms campaign finance rules

Campaign finance reports were due to on Friday. Photo by Kevin Rawlings

The legislation, which caps Super Pac contributions at $5,000, heads back to the Senate.

House poised to debate cap on Super PAC donations

Vermont Republican Party Chairman Jack Lindley at campaign headquarters on election night in 2012. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

The chief controversy involves the expense of a lawsuit the state could face if it enacts such a cap.

House committee opts to cap donations to Super PAC

Rep. Donna Sweaney, chair of the House Government Operations Committee, checks her IPad during the 2011 Legislative Session. VTD/Josh Larkin

“We’ve done a lot of firsts in Vermont. I’m wondering if this isn’t the time to take this step right off the diving board, and say, OK, we’ll take it to the Supreme Court if we have to,” said Rep. Donna Sweaney.

Lobbyist reports filed: American Beverage Association spent more than $500,000 fighting sugary drink tax

The Vermont Statehouse. VTD/Josh Larkin

The Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems spent about $108,000; Vermont State Employee Association spent $92,500.

Cheryl Hanna, Vermont Law School professor, warns lawmakers not to risk another campaign finance court battle


The Citizens United decision suggests that stricter and more frequent disclosures of spending and donations to such entities could withstand judicial scrutiny.

Vermonters First targets House representatives for backing taxes

Vermonters First Michelle Fay THUMB

Tayt Brooks, who founded and operates Vermonters First, told VTDigger that the mailings are part of its strategy to “bring balance to the debate over critical issues facing the state.”

State settles with Brian Dubie over 2011 campaign finance lawsuit; RGA must pay $30,000, Dubie $20,000

Brian Dubie. VTD/Josh Larkin

Sorrell’s office argued that the RGA’s radio and TV ad blitz, worth about $242,000, was an illegal donation far exceeding this limit.

Senate backtracks on corporate money ban

Campaign finance reports were due to on Friday. Photo by Kevin Rawlings

Senators voted 19-11 to eliminate the ban on corporate money in what some called a “gut and study” proposal that calls for the Secretary of State to issue a report on the matter in December.

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