D.C. Campaign Finance Reform Bill Takes Effect 1/31/15 - State and Federal Communications

December 24, 2014  •  

D.C. Campaign Finance Reform Bill Takes Effect 1/31/15

Seal of the District of ColumbiaThe provisions of a campaign finance reform bill passed by the Council of the District of Columbia take effect January 31, 2015. The special election set for April 28, 2015, will be the first test to the new restrictions found in Bill 20-0076.

However, according to the Office of Campaign Finance, all campaigns registering prior to the effective date of the law will not be subject to its provisions. The new law will only affect those campaigns registering on or after February 1, 2015.

Among the changes, Bill 20-0076 imposes a training requirement for committee treasurers and requires all campaign finance reports to be filed electronically. The new law also restricts contributions from affiliated entities, thereby closing the “LLC loophole”.

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