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Secretary of State John H. Merrill Issues Reminder to Candidates on Upcoming Legislative Blackout 


January 5, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is reminding Candidates and Political Action Committees of the upcoming freeze on the fundraising during the legislative session known as the legislative blackout period.

The Code of Alabama 1975, § 17-5-7(b) states the following:

"Candidates for state offices (All statewide offices including Constitutional Officers, Judicial Officers, the Public Service Commission, and State Legislators) and their principal campaign committees" ... "may not solicit or accept, or both, contributions during the period when the Legislature is convened in session."

The blackout period begins with the start of session at noon on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 and will conclude within 120 days prior to the date of the primary election, which will be Sunday, February 4, 2018.

During this period candidates are encouraged to deactivate any webpages which accept contributions online to avoid inadvertently accepting funds. However, if funds are inadvertently received the Code of Alabama requires the candidate to report receiving and then returning those funds through the state's online filing system.

This fundraising freeze does not apply to officials serving at the county or local levels.