senate Bill S588
(D, IP, WF) 44th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Broadens requirements with respect to campaign disclosure statements to require expenditures of $5,000 or more incurred in the final 10 days of an election to be reported within 24 hours to the Board of Elections and requires such statements to be filed in person or sent by express mail; also requires that all filings made during the final 15 day period prior to an election should be filed in person or sent by express mail.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the election law, in relation to the manner of filing of
campaign financial disclosure statements
To require that last-minute campaign expenditures in excess of $5,000,
be disclosed to the Board of Elections within 24 hours. This bill
would also require any statements that are required to be filed in
the final 15 days preceding an election day to be done so in person
or by express mail.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The bill amends Section 14-108 subdivision 2 to require that all
candidates and campaign committees report campaign expenditures or
liabilities in excess of $5,000 incurred in the final 10 days
preceding an election, to the Board of Elections within 24 hours.
Under current law, only contributions in excess of $1,000 are subject
to a 24 hour reporting requirement in the final 10 days preceding an
election. The bill also amends Section 14-108 subdivision 6 to
require that all campaign financial disclosure filings made during
the final 15 day period prior to an election, be filed in person or
by express mail to assure prompt delivery and dissemination.
Currently, such filings are allowed to be made by first class mail.
Current state regulations require the final pre-election campaign
financial disclosure statement to be filed 11 days prior to election
day (9 NYCRR Sec. 6200.2). However, many candidates file their
statements using first-class mail and deem it filed when it is
postmarked. Depending on where the candidates are filing from, the
statement can take one or more days to reach the State Board of
Elections in Albany. While the statement makes its way through the
mail, important contributor and campaign expenditure information is
unavailable to the public. This bill would ensure prompt public
disclosure and access to this important campaign fund information.
2009-2010: S.472/A.504 Remained in the Senate Committee on
Elections/Assembly Committee on Election Law
2007-2008: S.735 Remained in the Senate Committee on Elections
2005-2006: S.219 Remained in the Senate Committee on Elections
2003-2004: S.3261 Remained in the Senate Committee on Elections
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