- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s campaign finance contribution limits will remain the same through the end of the year, Attorney General William Sorrell said in a formal opinion he issued on Tuesday.

Sorrell issued the opinion after being asked to do so by Secretary of State Jim Condos after the Legislature updated a campaign finance law.

The state’s new campaign finance law, Act 90, contained a drafting error that made it appear there was a gap between the date the old limits expire and Jan. 1 when the new limits take effect.

Sorrell said the intent of the Legislature was to have the old contributions remain through this year’s election cycle: No candidate for election to Vermont office shall accept contributions totaling more than $1,000 from a single source or more than $3,000 from a political action committee per election.

Condo said that under the incoming system in 2015, the contribution limit will be set at $1,000 for House candidates per election cycle and $1,500 for Senate candidates. The PAC contributions will go from $6,000 to $4,000 per cycle.

Now a single source can donate $2,000 to a political party per cycle. In 2015 that goes to $10,000 per election cycle, Condos said.

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