Campaign Finance Reform – Vermont

Date: 1 Dec 2008 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, governance, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Vermont clean election law offers a public financing option to candidates running for governor and lieutenant governor in the year 2000, and commissions a study to consider extending the option to other state offices after the 2000 elections. The legislation provided a fixed amount of Clean Money to qualifying gubernatorial candidates, and set a $300,000 spending limit for all candidates running for governor. However, in 2006 the U.S. Supreme Court deemed Vermont’s mandatory spending limits on state and local candidates as unconstitutional, stating it was a direct challenge to 1976 Buckley v. Valeo.

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