New campaign finance law takes effect Thursday

Thursday, several changes in campaign finance law become effective under an act passed by the Alabama legislature during its last regular session.

Act 2013-311 revised a number of older portions of the original Fair Campaign Practices Act and created new sections to promote a fairer election process.

Some of the changes that are now in place include:

  • A filing threshold of $1,000 for all candidates for office, from statewide offices to local races.
  • A system of fines for failure to timely or accurately file campaign finance reports.
  • Clarifies PAC to PAC transfer issues.

"This new law not only creates stiffer penalties for those who violate it, but increases transparency in our elections process," said Secretary of State Jim Bennett.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Secretary of State's office