North Carolina House Files Campaign Reform Bills - State and Federal Communications

April 8, 2019  •  

North Carolina House Files Campaign Reform Bills

The North Carolina House has introduced two bills to reform campaign finance.

House Bill 512 submits a referendum to voters urging Congress to pass an amendment to the Constitution of the United States declaring that constitutional rights belong to individuals and not corporations or entities.

The referendum also states that unlimited spending of money on political campaign contributions is not constitutionally protected free speech.

House Bill 510 requires primary elections of Supreme Court, court of appeals, superior, and district court judges to be nonpartisan judicial elections.

The bill also establishes the North Carolina Public Campaign Fund as an alternative source of campaign financing for candidates that demonstrate public support and voluntarily accept strict fund raising and spending.

The fund will be a special, dedicated, non-lapsing, non-reverting fund that participating candidates can use to receive campaign funds.

However, candidates will have higher restrictions on how much money they can receive in contributions and how much they can expend on their campaign.

If passed, House Bill 510 will become effective January 1, 2020.

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