VA HB5 | 2018 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill
Status: Introduced on November 20 2017 - 25% progression
Action: 2018-02-13 - Left in Privileges and Elections
Pending: House Privileges and Elections Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]


Campaign finance; prohibited personal use; penalty. Campaign finance; prohibited personal use; penalty. Prohibits the conversion of any contributed moneys, securities, or like intangible personal property by any person to the personal use of a candidate or member of the candidate's immediate family or an intimate partner of the candidate or a member of the candidate's immediate family if (i) such use yields a grossly disproportionate and unreasonable benefit to the recipient or candidate relative to the benefit realized by the candidate's campaign or public office, (ii) the fair market value of converted property grossly exceeds the benefit realized by the candidate's campaign or public office, (iii) a reasonable and prudent person would not ordinarily authorize such expenditure as beneficial to the campaign, and (iv) such use is made with a knowing, willing, reckless, or negligent disregard for the financial interests of the campaign. Complaints of alleged violations may be made by any person to the State Board of Elections. The subject of the complaint has 30 days to provide to the State Board documentation or other evidence that the use of campaign funds was permissible. The State Board shall call a hearing if it determines, after reviewing any response made by the subject of the complaint, that the use of campaign funds was impermissible. A person found by the State Board to have willfully and knowingly violated this section shall repay to the campaign committee the amount unlawfully converted. The State Board may also assess an additional civil penalty, in an amount not to exceed the amount unlawfully converted. Complaints may be declared factually meritless by the State Board when, viewing the facts in the light most favorable to the complaining party, it finds there is no credible allegation of a violation and such complaints shall be exempt from public disclosure for a period of time immediately

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Campaign finance; prohibited personal use, penalty.



2018-02-13HouseLeft in Privileges and Elections
2018-01-26HouseReferred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
2018-01-26HouseReferred from Rules by voice vote
2017-11-20HouseReferred to Committee on Rules
2017-11-20HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100701D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
242948.4(n/a)See Bill Text
242948.5(n/a)See Bill Text

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