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January 4, 2010
IMPORTANT Campaign information

To:       All Candidates for State Office

From:   Secretary of State Beth Chapman

RE:      Campaign Fundraising

DATE:  January 4, 2010

This is a reminder to all candidates for state office and their principal campaign committees that pursuant to Alabama Code § 17-5-7 (b) (2), they may not accept, solicit, or receive contributions  as of 12:01 AM on January 12th due to the start of the 2010 Regular Legislative Session. (See Ala. Att’y. Gen. Op. No. 94-00228)


At that time, please discontinue all your fundraising efforts, including those on your campaign websites.


State office is defined as “all offices under the constitution and laws of the state filled by election of the registered voters of the state or of any circuit or district and shall include legislative offices.”  Alabama Code §17-5-2 (a) (15).  Please note that this does not include candidates involved in a special election.


Fundraising efforts may resume beginning February 1, 2010 as Alabama Code § 17-5-7 (b) (2) indicates that the blackout period does not apply within 120 days of any primary, run off, or general election.


It is my goal as Secretary of State to ensure that you have all information available to you that you may need during your election. If my staff or I can be of assistance to you in any way, please visit our website at, or call us at 1-800-274-VOTE or (334)-242-7200.


Happy New Year to you, your families and staff members.

For more information, visit Secretary of State John H. Merrill’s Web Site: