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SUMMARY OF THE 2005 ACTS AND RESOLVES

ACT NO. 62

(S.16)

Elections; campaign finance; notice of expenditure; mass media activities

This act makes various amendments to Vermont's campaign finance statutes. In particular, it: (1) amends the definitions of "political action committee" and "two-year general election cycle" and adds a definition of "telephone bank"; (2) permits candidates to make campaign expenditures by credit or debit card; (3) clarifies the provisions relating to rollover of surplus funds; (4) permits candidates to receive contributions by credit or debit card; (5) provides the attorney general and state's attorneys tools for the investigation of violations of Vermont campaign finance law; (6) requires immediate reporting of large contributions during the last two weeks of the election cycle; (7) restores the 10-day postelection filing requirement; (8) clarifies filing requirements for political committees and political parties; (9) raises the threshold contribution level for disqualification from public financing; (10) redefines "political adver tisement" as "electioneering communication" and updates this definition; (11) clarifies the identification requirements for electioneering communications; (12) clarifies mass media reporting requirements; and (13) makes other technical amendments to Vermont campaign finance law.

Effective Date: July 1, 2005



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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