Senate Panel Works On Campaign Finance Bill

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A committee of the Vermont Senate has delayed completion of work on another attempt to tighten up Vermont’s campaign finance laws.

As currently drafted, the bill before the Government Operations Committee would require stepped-up disclosures of who is behind campaign advertising. And it would set new, higher limits for contributions to candidates: $5,000 for statewide candidates, $2,000 for Senate candidates and $1,000 for House candidates.

Vermont has struggled in the past to come up with a campaign finance law that can survive court review. One state law setting strict contribution limits was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2006.

This year’s effort is expected to win approval of the Senate committee, but final action was put off.

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