Monday, December 22, 2014

House OKs campaign finance rules changes

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The campaign reform bill that passed the Alabama House on Thursday will improve transparency for campaign contributions by corporations, one lawmaker said.

The bill removes the $500 limit for corporate contributions to political action committees. If passed, corporations would be able to give directly to candidates and PACs in the same way as individuals can.

The measure also repeals criminal sanctions for candidates for missing campaign finance filing deadlines. The penalty that removes a candidate from the ballot for missing the last filing deadline would be eliminated.

Rep. Mike Ball, R-Madison, called the proposed new rules the "evolution of practices" because campaign finance reform is "very complex." He said the bill eliminates the PAC-to-PAC transfers that currently exist.

The bill, which passed 68-33, now returns to the Senate for final passage.