FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – MONTGOMERY – The Fair Campaign Practices Act dictates how state and local candidates and Political Action Committees (PACs) spend and receive campaign contributions. Each year, annual reports detailing the contributions made to and funds expended from the account during the preceding year must be submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office by January 31.
More than 2,633 candidates and PACs were required to file a 2020 Annual Report by January 31, 2021. As of today, 86 committees failed to take adequate action in order to be in compliance with state law. This list of non-filers has since been reported the Attorney General’s Office, the Alabama Ethics Commission, and local District Attorney Offices.
In an effort to increase transparency and accountability, notice has been provided to each committee by phone, mail, and, if possible, email.
Beginning with the 2018 Election Cycle, the FCPA required the Secretary of State’s Office to assess administrative penalties 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 offenses respectively. Collected funds are then deposited directly into the State General Fund.
As of today, $262,449.78 has been paid to the State General Fund from penalties levied since the 2018 Election Cycle.
The full list of candidates and PACs not in compliance with the annual reporting requirement can be found here.