NRA Lobbying Expenses Vermont

Mike Spies filed this request with the Secretary of State, Records Management of Vermont.
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From: Mike Spies

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Vermont public records law (1 V.S.A. §§ 315-320), I hereby request the following records:

I am requesting a list of all of the National Rifle Association's lobbying expenditures in Vermont from January 1, 2013 to March 14, 2017 that list "Starboard Strategic Inc." as a vendor. The list should include the amount of the expense, the type/purpose of the expense, and the the date of the expense.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.


Mike Spies

From: SOV Records and Information Management

Dear Mr. Spies,

Thank you for reaching out to the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, I have forwarded your public records request to the deputy Secretary of State, Chris Winters who is our Records Officer. As Records Officer, Chris (cc’d) will follow up with you regarding your request.


Megan Wheaton-Book
Records Analyst II
Vermont State Archives & Records Administration
1078 U.S. Route 2, Middlesex
Montpelier, VT 05633-7701<>

From: Winters, Chris

Dear Mr. Spies,

In response to your records request below, lobbyist employers such as the NRA only report total figures for expenditures in four categories (advertising, telemarketing, contracts, other) on their monthly disclosures. They do not identify individual expenditures or to whom or when they were made.

Accordingly, we do not have the information you are requesting.

You can research the total expenditure figures for the NRA by viewing their various disclosure reports over that time from but in Vermont they are not required to disclose the information you are looking for.

If you have any follow up questions or require further clarification, please email me directly.

Christopher D. Winters
Deputy Secretary of State

From: Secretary of State, Records Management

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