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Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed Senate Bill 93, changing lobbyist reporting requirements. Reports must now be filed for each month the legislature is in session with an additional report in September. The new law also requires identification of lobbyists contributing […]

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The Vermont Legislature adjourned sine die Saturday, May 16, 2015 late in the evening after completing work on a new budget. The previous day, lawmakers passed a lobbyist disclosure bill to increase disclosure during the legislative session. If signed by […]

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While seeking $72,000 in fines and restitution from a former candidate for lieutenant governor for campaign finance violations, Attorney General Bill Sorrell is coming under fire for his own recent filings. A new report claims Sorrell failed to adequately report […]

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Gov. Peter Shumlin has finally won reelection following a vote of the state legislature. Shumlin received just 46.4 percent of the vote in November, less than the majority required by the state constitution, compelling the legislature’s action. Scott Milne received […]

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The Office of the Secretary State announced lobbying registration and reporting in Vermont is going digital. Beginning with the 2015-2016 biennium, registration and reporting will be accomplished solely through a new online management system. Lobbyist disclosure reports due on January […]

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Republican attorney general candidate Shane McCormack is calling for tougher campaign finance rules for those holding the office. McCormack’s proposal would ban current service providers from contributing to a sitting attorney general and would prevent a donor from becoming a […]

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The pro-life group Vermont Right to Life Committee filed a complaint with the state’s attorney general’s office against Vermont Leads and its independent expenditure PAC, Vermont Leads Political Action Committee. The complaint alleges transfers of money between the two groups […]

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Secretary of State Jim Condos announced candidates, parties, and political action committees are now able to file financial reports online. Use of the online system is currently voluntary but becomes mandatory on January 1, 2015. Electronic filing is available here.

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On Wednesday, July 2, a federal appeals court affirmed the judgment of a district court; independent expenditure committees can lose the right to make unlimited expenditures in certain circumstances. In Vermont Right to Life v. Sorrell , the U.S. Court […]

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House Bill 735, signed by the governor on June 16, 2014, made changes to the lobbyist fee structure. Effective July 1, 2014, the initial registration fee for lobbyists and lobbyist employers will increase from $25 to $60. The employer fee […]

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The Vermont attorney general has issued guidance regarding the state’s contribution limits effective through the end of the year. His guidance interprets the $1,000 per election limit as meaning a candidate may accept a total of $2,000 for the 2013-2014 […]

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Attorney General William Sorrell issued a formal opinion confirming the state’s current contribution limits will remain in effect through the 2014 elections. Early in the legislative session, Vermont enacted Senate Bill 82, repealing the existing campaign finance law upon passage […]

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Vermont may soon move off the list of states without an independent ethics commission if new legislation passes this spring. House Bill 846 establishes the Vermont Ethics Commission, tasked with investigating complaints relating to breaches of legislative ethics law. The […]

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A drafting error in the state’s new campaign finance law left Vermont temporarily without contribution limits. The new limits are set to take effect on January 1, 2015, but the bill repealed the entire existing law effective upon the governor’s […]

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