March 14, 2023 •
West Virginia Session Ends; Grassroots Lobbying and Campaign Finance Bills Passed
The 2023 session for the West Virginia Legislature adjourned sine die on March 12. Before adjourning, lawmakers passed bills modifying grassroots lobbying and independent expenditure reporting.
Senate Bill 508, which addresses grassroots lobbying groups, would raise limits triggering certain reporting requirements.
Currently, a person who contributes more than $500 in the aggregate within any three-month period or $200 in the aggregate within any one-month period to a grassroots lobbying campaign would have to register with the State Ethics Commission and comply with certain reporting obligations.
Under the new bill these thresholds would increase to $5,000 and $1,000.
Senate Bill 516 increases the limit to report contributions that are given toward advocating for or against a candidate when not in coordination with a candidate, their political committee, or a political party committee, from $250 to $1,000.
Both bills now head to the governor for signature.
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