MACo Urges Streamlining of Campaign Finance Requirement

MACo Associate Director, Barbara Zektick, provided testimony in support of House Bill 118, “Election Law – Persons Doing Public Business – Reporting by Governmental Entities,”  before the House Ways and Means Committee on February 7, 2017.

The bill simplifies a campaign finance law mandate, by repealing the requirement that procurement officials notify the State Board of Elections if awardees of contracts worth $200,000 or more fail to file requisite campaign finance disclosures with that State Board. Instead, it requires those government entities to provide the Board with a list of all individuals and entities receiving contracts worth $200,000 or more who are required to file the subject disclosures.

From MACo testimony:

By streamlining these enforcement obligations, this bill removes the “middle man” and unnecessary bureaucracy, and better allows the appropriate government entities to enforce provisions protecting against “pay to play” activities.

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