WEST virginia legislature
2020 regular session
Senate Bill 566
By Senators Prezioso, Baldwin, Beach, Ihlenfeld, Jeffries, Lindsay, Palumbo, Plymale, Romano, Stollings, and Woelfel
[Introduced January 21,
to the Committee on the Judiciary]
A BILL to amend and reenact §3-8-5c of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to modifying limits on political contributions.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 8. REGULATION AND CONTROL OF ELECTIONS.
§3-8-5c. Contribution limitations.
(a)(1) A person, political party, or political action committee may not, in an election cycle:
(A) Contribute more than
$1,000, directly or indirectly, to a candidate’s committee for a
candidate seeking nomination, including by making contributions to the
candidate’s committee; or
(B) Contribute more than
$1,000, directly or indirectly, to a candidate’s committee for a candidate
seeking election, including by making contributions to the candidate’s
committee: Provided, That a candidate may receive contributions for the
general election prior to nomination, however, such funds may not be expended
until after the date of the nomination is declared.
(2) The contribution limits of this section apply only to elections to be held after the effective date of this section and do not apply to candidate committees that were created for elections held prior to the effective date of this section.
(b) A person may not,
directly or indirectly, make contributions to a state party executive
committee, or any subsidiary, branch, or local unit thereof, or a caucus
campaign committee which, in the aggregate, exceed
in any calendar year: Provided, That a person may not earmark or
otherwise designate any portion of a contribution made pursuant to this
subsection to be used to support or oppose the election of a particular
candidate: Provided, however, That any such designation or earmark that
accompanies a contribution made pursuant to this subsection may not be binding
on the entity that receives the contribution.
(c) A person may not,
directly or indirectly, make contributions to a political action committee,
related to a particular election, which, in the aggregate, exceed
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to reduce the amounts of lawful political campaign contributions to pre-2019 levels.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.