Campaign Finance Disclosure Act; unlawful conversion of campaign contributions to personal use. (HB1690)

Introduced By

Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patron Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Campaign Finance Disclosure Act; unlawful conversion of campaign contributions to personal use; penalty. Prohibits any candidate from converting any contributed moneys, securities, or like intangible personal property to his personal use or the personal use of a member of his immediate family. The bill provides that a contribution is considered to have been converted to personal use if the contribution, in whole or in part, is used to fulfill any commitment, obligation, or expense of the candidate or member of his immediate family that would exist irrespective of the candidate's duties as a candidate or public office holder. Such commitments, obligations, or expenses include a home mortgage, rent, or utility payment; a noncampaign-related automobile expense; a vacation or other noncampaign-related trip; or a clothing purchase. Personal use does not include the ordinary and accepted expenses related to campaigning or holding elective office. A violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100194D
01/11/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/19/2015Assigned P & E sub: Campaign Finance
01/20/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1690)
01/28/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/2015Left in Privileges and Elections


Sandi Saunders writes:

This bill needs to be heard, discussed and passed. People are losing all confidence in government because of things like the malfeasance of elected representatives and it has to stop!

Valerie Garner writes:

Close the campaign finanace loophole. See the website link. Gift limits mean nothing without legislators being able to use the campaign fund as a slush fund. Disclosure isn't working.