Campaign Finance Disclosure Act; conversion of contributions to personal use. (HB2098)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Campaign Finance Disclosure Act; conversion of contributions to personal use. Enacts a separate provision to make it unlawful for any person to convert to his personal use, at any time, money and like intangibles that have been contributed to a candidate, campaign committee, or other type of political committee. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/12/2011Committee
01/12/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100636D
01/12/2011Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/18/2011Assigned P & E sub: #3 Campaign Finance
01/19/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB2098)
02/02/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
02/04/2011Tabled in Privileges and Elections

Comments

Valerie Garner writes:

It is about time this became a law. Disclosure only isn't working so good.

Valerie Garner writes:

The SBE has had at least one complaint about officials using campaign funds for “personal use." There was no section in the Code of Virginia to address it.

James Hopper in the AGO issued his opinion to the SBE: "... it is clear that prohibition against converting contributed campaign funds to personal use only applies to the closing of a campaign finance account. Therefore the Board has no statutory authority to refer complaints regarding personal use of campaign funds to any other officials for further investigation unless or until a candidate files a final report under § 24.2-948.4."

This must be corrected.

Susan Hall writes:

I agree! We definitely need this law. There are known abuses of this "personal use."

Valerie writes:

Tabled in P & E. No "teeth" for the SBE this session or probably any other session.