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Trends in Campaign Finance for Vermont Elections

 

 

Governor:

 

 

 

 

 

Total Contributions and Expenditures for Gubernatorial Candidates

 

Year

Candidate

Total Contributions

Total Expenditures

 

 

 

 

1980

Snelling -R

$149,791.00

$147,382.82

 

Diamond -D

$137,630.70

$154,083.39

 

 

 

 

1982

Snelling -R

$139,612.60

$185,378.62

 

Kunin -D

$213,421.00

$185,378.62

 

 

 

 

1984

Kunin -D

$410,695.00

$380,993.07

 

Easton -R

$509,860.00

$513,804.95

 

 

 

 

1986

Smith -R

$455,075.00

$482,236.19

 

Kunin -D

$504,603.00

$478,294.04

 

Sanders -P

$58,705.20

$55,157.78

 

 

 

 

1988

Bernhardt -R

$443,585.00

$441,473.11

 

Kunin -D

$628,090.00

$639,862.77

 

 

 

 

1990

Welch -D

$283,754.00

$281,540.61

 

Snelling -R

$510,821.00

$447,478.43

 

 

 

 

1992

Dean -D

$363,901.70

$253,527.17

 

McClaughry -R

$131,562.50

$131,406.33

 

 

 

 

1994

Dean -D

$368,116.30

$180,144.85

 

Kelley -R

$39,061.00

$33,616.04

 

 

 

 

1996

Dean -D

$331,100.30

$124,975.55

 

Gropper -R

$45,913.20

$46,241.41

 

 

 

 

1998

Dean -D

$342,403.20

$657,065.35

 

Dwyer -R

$252,510.90

$249,188.22

 

 

 

 

2000

Dean -D

$1,008,815.42

$946,443.89

 

Dwyer -R

$884,998.28

$899,581.64

 

Pollina -P

$299,961.00

$335,412.46

Source: Vermont Secretary of State, http://www.sec.state.vt.us/seek/fin_seek.htm.

 

 

 



 

 

Lt. Governor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Contributions

 

Campaign Expenditures

1994

Racine -D

 

$86,830.00

 

$100,453.03

 

Snelling -R

 

$149,812.90

 

$100,614.60

 

 

 

 

 

 

1996

Racine -D

 

$109,374.20

 

$96,996.88

 

Carroll -R

 

$176,052.00

 

$171,690.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

1998

Racine -D

 

$115,838.50

 

$112,676.16

 

Snelling -R

 

$116,879.00

 

$101,485.70

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000

Racine -D

 

$85,000.00

 

$82,600.64

 

Dubie -R

 

$105,031.00

 

$105,031.00

 


 

Treasurer:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Contributions

Campaign Expenditures

1994

Douglas -D/R

$8,436.00

$3,796.36

 

 

 

 

1996

Douglas -D/R

$5,921.90

$1,851.61

 

 

 

 

1998

Douglas -D/R

$9,947.90

$1,746.95

 

 

 

 

2000

Douglas -D/R

$6,450.00

$2,697.81

 

 

 

Secretary of State:

 


 

 

 

 

 

Total Contributions

 

Campaign Expenditures

1994

Hooper -D

$44,103.00

 

$38,430.28

 

Milne -R

$18,492.70

 

$25,955.32

 

 

 

 

 

1996

Milne -R/ D

$3,035.00

 

$3,035.00

 

 

 

 

 

1998

Markowitz -D

$52,299.90

 

$43,788.72

 

Milne -R

$17,622.77

 

$16,239.09

 

 

 

 

 

2000

Markowitz -D

$45,467.51

 

$39,914.76

 

Drown -R

$2,489.00

 

$2,489.00

 

 

 

Auditor of Accounts:

 


 

 

 

 

Total Contributions

Campaign Expenditures

1994

Flanagan -D

$14,770.00

$29,127.63

 

Thorn -R

$11,968.06

$11,631.66

 

 

 

 

1996

Flanagan -D

$77,227.40

$59,592.78

 

Morrissey -R

$30,024.80

$26,885.93

 

 

 

 

1998

Flanagan -D

$58,830.70

$46,823.44

 

Dwinell -R

$37,504.98

$63,306.36

 

 

 

 

2000

Ready -D

$78,076.39

$77,227.42

 

Hall -R

$64,445.00

$65,597.24

 

 

 

Attorney General:

 


 

 

 

Total Contributions

 

Campaign Expenditures

1994

Amestoy -D/R

$4,550.00

 

$3,571.95

 

 

 

 

 

1996

Amestoy -D/R

$9,110.00

 

$4,526.25

 

 

 

 

 

1998

Sorrell -D

$21,484.20

 

$7,849.82

 

Hill -R

didn't file

 

didn't file

 

 

 

 

 

2000

Sorrell -D/R

$23,124.76

 

$11,722.06

 

 

 

State Senate:


 

 

 

 

 

1994

1996

1998

2000

1 Seat

Average Spending

$4,229

$5,837

$5,766

$10,560

 

Average Revenue

$3,955

$4,936

$7,451

$11,076

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Seat

Average Spending

$4,057

$5,910

$5,827

$6,988

 

Average Revenue

$3,217

$4,976

$7,876

$8,063

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Seat

Average Spending

$6,152

$6,880

$8,122

$10,865

 

Average Revenue

$6,614

$5,304

$8,894

$11,002

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Seat

Average Spending

$9,380

$11,437

$10,192

$13,956

 

Average Revenue

$10,646

$9,219

$12,989

$12,045

 

*Note: For candidates who did not file a report, it was assumed that each candidate raised $500 and spent $500.

 

Note: the total expenditures and total contributions of Skip Vallee in the 2000 Vermont State Senatorial campaign are a rather large outlier and skew the data of counties containing six seats.  Without Mr. Vallee’s data the average total expenditures in 2000 for the 6 Seat district drops to $8,941 and the average total contributions drops to $9,507.

 

 

State House:

 

 

 

 

 

 

1994

1996

1998

2000

Average Spending

$1,448

$1,528

$1,352

$1,778

 

 

 

 

 

Average Contributions

$1,282

$1,596

$1,707

$1,974

 

 

*Note: For candidates who did not file a report, it was assumed that each candidate raised $500 and spent $500.

 

 

 

Data for this report came from campaign finance reports filed with the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office, Montpelier, VT.

 

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Compiled by Julie Britt, Thomas Miller, and Robyn Schmidek, February 14, 2001.