Campaign finance reports show only incumbents in the running for statewide office

With the exception of Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, no Republicans or Progressives have raised money for statewide office races.

Meanwhile, a conservative Super PAC has more than $100,000 banked for the next election cycle.

March 17 was the deadline for filing the first campaign finance reports for this election season. Only incumbent Democrats who now hold statewide seats have filed reports, which are now posted on the Vermont Secretary of State’s website.

Gov. Peter Shumlin reported $320,000 in new contributions since July 16, 2013. He has more than $1 million in cash for the 2014 election, and at this point, the two-term incumbent has no challenger. In 2011-2012, the governor spent $345,000 to win re-election in a bid against Republican challenger Randy Brock, a former state senator who spent more than double that amount.

Want to know who gave to whom in the last election cycle? Check out VTDigger’s searchable campaign finance database for 2011-2013 contributions

Scott has $5,585 in the bank. Doug Hoffer, the state auditor, who ran on the Progressive and Democratic tickets last time, has $296 in hand. State Treasurer Beth Pearce, a Democrat, raised $17,000 over the last nine months and spent about $8,200 in the same period. Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell, another Dem, raised $25,800 and spent $2,230. Jim Condos, secretary of state, brought in $101 between July 16 and March 17.

Republicans have said they will focus on regaining seats in the House and Senate this year.

Vermonters First, a conservative Super PAC funded by Lenore Broughton, reports $103,000 in cash. In the last election cycle, Broughton gave the Super PAC $1 million for independent expenditures on media buys, campaign mailings and the like. None of the statewide candidates who were indirectly supported by the media blitz won office.

The state’s new campaign finance law, which went into effect last month, includes an additional March reporting period in an election year. Prior to the passage of S.82, the first reporting period was July 15.

The campaign finance reports are downloaded in Microsoft Excel, printed on paper spreadsheets, and then scanned and uploaded to the secretary of state’s website.

Condos hopes to digitize the reporting system in July.

VTDigger will be entering the 2014 data (including March) into the media outlet’s searchable campaign finance database — the first of its kind in Vermont — this week. We will make an announcement when information from the latest reporting period has been uploaded.

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  • Karl Riemer

    “VTDigger will be entering the 2014 data (including March) into the media outlet’s searchable campaign finance database”
    entered manually, from online scanned hardcopy? That sounds marvelously tedious. Can you at least get copies of the spreadsheet files to avoid transcription errors?

    • We hope to, Karl. The original spreadsheet files are not available through the Secretary of State.

  • timothy price

    Thank you Anne and VTDigger !!

  • Peter Everett

    I can not understand how people give their “hard earned” money to politicians, of any party. I have yet to find a politician who deserves funds. Each one of them, in their own way, presents “truth” to those they are in front of. Their version of the truth changes with the crowd they are with.
    These politicians “steal” more of my income every year. It will be a cold day in you know where before any politician receives even an acknowledgement from me. My disdain of Gov’t grows larger every day. Honest people choose not to run, we get stuck with leftovers. Sorry if you don’t agree, life ain’t fair.

  • rosemarie jackowski


    Voting for an incumbent is like going back to the same dentist who pulled the wrong tooth the last time.

    Voting for an incumbent is like going back inside your camping tent even though you were just bitten by a snake there.

    Voting for an incumbent is like re-marrying your former spouse even though she cheated on you the last time around.

    Voting for an incumbent is like getting in a plane with a pilot who crashed his aircraft last time he went up.

    Voting for the incumbent is like taking your computer back to the same repair shop, even though last time they told you that your computer needed a lube and an oil change.

    Voting for an incumbent is a vote for “staying the course”.

    Voting for the incumbent means that you believe that things can never get any better.

    Voting for the incumbent signals the end of all hope for change.

    Voting against all incumbents is the perfect way to achieve term limits.

    • Maybe a little harsh. What if the incumbent is fighting the good fight but just can’t overcome the system on his or her own?

    • Walter Carpenter

      “Voting against all incumbents is the perfect way to achieve term limits.

      What good would that do?

  • Kim Fried

    Lt. Gov. Scott $6000, Gov. Shumlin over $1,000,000. Does this contrast strike anyone but me? I’ve met both men and can only say that Phil Scott is a humble, smart and compastionate Vermonter.

  • I agree with rosemarie, let’s change the faces in Montpelier. These “in line with Barak Obama” neo-Dems (socialist) need to go. I can take care of myself, thank you very much. I no longer desire to be taxed to death, regulated to death or protected from myself.

    The first person that steps up and says, “I support the Constitution of the US and the Constitution of the State of Vermont”, has my vote. Please! Someone give Vermonters their Sovereignty…….once again!

    • Joy Karnes Limoge

      Mr. Giroux,
      I support the U.S. Constitution and the Vermont constitution! http://www.Limogeforsenate.com or Facebook at Joy Limoge For Senate. Help me bring balance back to the State of Vermont!