Campaign finance; prohibited personal use of campaign funds, review of complaints, civil penalty. (SB463)

Introduced By

Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Campaign finance; prohibited personal use of campaign funds, complaints, hearings, civil penalty. Prohibits any person from converting contributions to a candidate or a candidate's campaign committee for his personal use. Current law only prohibits such conversion of contributions with regard to disbursement of surplus funds at the dissolution of a campaign or political committee. 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 that would exist irrespective of the person's seeking, holding, or maintaining public office but excepts from "personal use" the ordinary and accepted expenses related to campaigning for or holding elective office, including the use of campaign funds to pay for the candidate's child care expenses that are incurred as a direct result of campaign activity. Any person subject to the personal use ban may request an advisory opinion from the State Board of Elections on such matters. The bill directs the State Board of Elections to provide an updated summary of Virginia campaign finance law that reflects the Attorney General's opinion and any regulations promulgated by the State Board of Elections. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102785D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/31/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB463)
02/03/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB463)
02/07/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/08/2022Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2022Committee substitute printed 22106238D-S1
02/08/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/10/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB463S1)
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106238D-S1
02/14/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB463S1
02/15/2022Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2022Placed on Calendar
02/18/2022Read first time
02/18/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
03/01/2022Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #2
03/02/2022Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 3-N)
03/08/2022Left in Privileges and Elections