Rep. Kimberly Williams has introduced HB 78 that would stiffen up campaign finance reporting in Delaware. First, it would deny a certificate of election to any winning candidate who has not paid all fines assessed by the Commissioner of Elections. Second, if a person has outstanding campaign finance reports and/or unpaid fines from a previous campaign, he or she may not be a candidate in any future election in the State of Delaware. Third, it clarifies and shortens the time that the Commissioner must notify a candidate that a report is incomplete or tardy and decreases the time in which a candidate may appeal the Commissioner’s decision to issue a fine for a tardy or incomplete report. Fourth, it requires the Commissioner to publish, on the Department of Elections website, the name of any candidate who has (1) willfully neglected to file a campaign finance report, (2) been assessed a fine by the Commissioner for willfully neglecting to file a campaign finance report, or (3) been reported to the Office of the Attorney General by the Commissioner.
A good first step. I also want to know any and all names behind a LLC and the dollars they donated.
SPONSORS: Williams, Henry, Townsend, Ennis, Pettyjohn, Walsh, Baumbach, Keeley, Kowalko, Longhurst, Lynn, Osienski, Paradee
HISTORY: Placed in the House Administration Committee on 3/16/17
STATUS: Awaiting a hearing in committee