FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 2, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA) governs how local and state candidates and Political Action Committees (PACs) spend and receive money from constituents. An annual report detailing the contributions made to and funds expended from a campaign account for the previous year must be submitted to the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office no later than January 31, annually. Under Secretary of State John H. Merrill’s direction, these reports have been reviewed to determine their adherence to Alabama Law.
More than 1,000 candidates and PACs were required to file their 2018 Annual Report by the January 31 deadline. As of today, 71 have not yet taken the steps necessary to reach full compliance. Prior to the publication of this release, the names on this list were released to the Attorney General’s Office, local District Attorney Offices, and the Alabama Ethics Commission.
Beginning with the 2018 Election Cycle, the FCPA requires the Secretary of State’s Office to assess administrative penalties in the amounts of $300 (or 10% of contributions or expenditures not reported) for first time offenders, $600 (or 15% of contributions or expenditures not reported) for second time offenders, and $1,200 (or 20% of contributions or expenditures not reported) for third and subsequent offences respectively.
These fines will be assessed when candidates or PACs fail to meet the filing deadline.
“In the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office, we work diligently each and every day to ensure that it is easy to vote, and hard to cheat. Part of ensuring that goal is accomplished is confirming that candidates for public office, those elected officials responsible for spending tax-payer resources, are fully transparent with the people of this state as those individuals campaign for public office,” said Secretary Merrill.
The full list of candidates and PACs not in compliance with the annual reporting requirement is available here.