June 6, 2022 •
Illinois Passes Law Prohibiting Dark Money Contributions to Judicial Candidates
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed Amendment to House Bill 716, requiring judicial candidate committees to report all persons who have contributed in excess of $500 to the committee if received from any committee, association or group not required to disclose its contributors.
Any political committee that receives such a contribution and fails to report this information must forward the contribution amount immediately to the State Treasurer.
The bill also prohibits self-funding political committees and independent expenditure committees established to support or oppose a state judicial candidate from accepting contributions from any single person, other than the candidate or the candidate’s immediate family, in a cumulative amount exceeding $500,000 in any election cycle.
The bill is effective immediately and applies to judicial elections this year.
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