Title 17: Elections
Chapter 59: CAMPAIGN FINANCE
17 V.S.A. § 2854. Qualifying contributions
§ 2854. Qualifying contributions
(a) In order to qualify for Vermont campaign finance grants, a candidate for the office of governor or lieutenant governor must obtain during the Vermont campaign finance qualification period the following amount and number of qualifying contributions for the office being sought:
(1) For governor, a total amount of no less than $35,000.00 collected from no fewer than 1,500 qualified individual contributors making a contribution of no more than $50.00 each.
(2) For lieutenant governor, a total amount of no less than $17,500.00 collected from no fewer than 750 qualified individual contributors making a contribution of no more than $50.00 each.
(b) No candidate may accept more than one qualifying contribution from the same contributor and no contributor may make more than one qualifying contribution to the same candidate in any Vermont campaign finance qualification period. For the purpose of this section, a qualified individual contributor means an individual who is registered to vote in Vermont. No more than 25 percent of the total number of qualified individual contributors may be residents of the same county.
(c) Each qualifying contribution must indicate the name and town of residence of the contributor, the date received, and be acknowledged by the signature of the contributor.
(d) A candidate may retain and expend qualifying contributions obtained under this section. A candidate may expend the qualifying contributions for the purpose of obtaining additional qualifying contributions and may expend the remaining qualifying contributions during the primary and general election periods. Amounts expended under this subsection shall be considered expenditures for purposes of this chapter. (Added 1997, No. 64, § 2, eff. Nov. 4, 1998.)