Representative Lontine, bill sponsor, presented House Bill 18-1047. The bill makes various technical changes to the Fair Campaign Practices Act. This bill clarifies the definition of an independent expenditure committee and makes the following changes concerning reporting and campaign finance violations:
Concerning reporting requirements, the bill:
• removes a reporting requirement for donations to another person for the purpose of independent expenditures;
• specifies that electioneering communication reports must include the name of the candidate;
• clarifies instances when certain issue and candidate committees do not need to file a report with the Secretary of State on any contribution over $1,000;
• clarifies procedures in connection with a person's failure to file a candidate affidavit or disclosure statement; and
• changes the amount of time candidate committees have to correct a deficient report form 15 to 30 days.
Concerning campaign finance violations, the bill:
• allows attorney fees and costs awarded by an administrative law judge in a campaign finance enforcement action to be sent to the district court to convert an award of fees and costs into a district court judgment; and
• allows the Secretary of State discretion when deciding to forward collections of past-due debts resulting from campaign finance violations.
Representative Lontine explained amendments L.001 and L.002 [Attachments E and F] to the committee.