Austin, Texas Campaign Finance Disclosure Amendments Take Effect - State and Federal Communications

September 1, 2016  •  

Austin, Texas Campaign Finance Disclosure Amendments Take Effect

Coat_of_arms_of_Austin,_Texas.svgOn September 1, new provisions in the city of Austin’s campaign finance laws take effect.

Ordinance No. 20160623-020 increases disclosure requirements for nonprofits and independent groups making political contributions or expenditures in excess of $500. These organizations are required to report the identities of who contributed to them unless the donation was directed to not be used for political purposes. Contributions for investments and commercial transactions also do not require disclosure of the contributor.

Another part of the ordinance, not effective until February 1, 2017, requires intermediaries transferring more than $500 for political campaign purposes to disclose details of the transfers, including the occupation and employer of the person making the transfer and the purpose and description of each transfer.

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