Rod Boshart
Published: February 5 2014 | 4:36 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:14 am in

Political party central committees at the county level could accept donations for building funds as long as the money wasn’t used for candidate advocacy or other prohibited purposes under a bill that received initial Senate consideration Wednesday. The fund would be used to establish and maintain a party’s county headquarters. Megan Tooker, executive director of the state Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, said the practice is allowed under federal election laws but she requested legislation to clarify the practice would be authorized at the state level as well. Senate Study Bill 3067 would allow corporations, labor unions or other restricted or prohibited donors to contribute money to a political party’s building fund to cover rent, mortgages, property taxes, utilities, repairs and a number of other purposes. Members of a Senate State Government subcommittee said they needed more information before forwarding the proposal to the full committee.


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