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Campaign finance requirements for Mississippi ballot measures

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Campaign finance requirements for Mississippi ballot measures are promulgated by the Mississippi Secretary of State.

The Mississippi Secretary of State is responsible for promulgating all campaign finance reporting and administrative functions under the law[1]. All complaints and prosecutions involving Mississippi campaign finance law is handled by the Mississippi Attorney General[2].

General requirements

Political committee

Any group in support or opposition of a balloted question in Mississippi is considered to be a political committee[3].

Statement of Organization

Any political committee that makes expenditures or receives contributions of $200 or more must file a Statement of Organization within 10 days of reaching the $200 threshold[4].

The $200 in 48 hours rule

Any Political committee that receives $200 or more in the last ten days of the election must report that contribution within 48 hours[5].

Campaign finance requirements

Contribution limits

There are no contribution limits for political committees in support or opposition of a balloted measure in Mississippi.

Corporate/union contributions

Mississippi allows for corporations and labor unions to donate to campaigns registered in support or opposition of a balloted measure. Corporations are limited to donating to candidates, candidate committees, and state party organizations[6]. Corporations are only prohibited to contributing to candidates for Mississippi Public Service Commissioner[7].

Reporting requirements and reports

Mississippi uses a monthly campaign finance reporting system along with a post-election report. All reports are due ten days after the end of the specified reporting period unless otherwise noted.

Monthly reports

Under Mississippi law, all reports are done on a monthly basis. Reports are due ten days after the end of the reporting period.[8].

Post-election report

Political committees in support or opposition of a balloted measure must file a post-election report that covers all campaign finance activity up to 30 days after the election. The report is due thirty days after the election[9].

Campaign advertising restrictions

There are no campaign advertising restrictions in Mississippi.

Terminating of a committee

Under Mississippi law, a committee can terminate only after there are no debts outstanding, no disbursements of campaign finance funds, and not receiving any contributions[10].

External links

References

  1. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Election Code"(Referenced Statute 23-15-815(a))
  2. [Confirmed via phone with Mississippi Attorney General on 5-21-2010]
  3. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Election Code"(Referenced Statute 23-15-801(c))
  4. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Election Code"(Referenced Statute 23-15-803(a))
  5. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Election Code"(Referenced Statute 23-15-807(f))
  6. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Criminal Code"(Referenced Statute 97-13-15)
  7. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Criminal Code"(Referenced Statute 77-1-11 (1),(2),(4))
  8. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Election Code"(Referenced Statute 23-17-51 (3))
  9. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Election Code"(Referenced Statute 23-17-51 (3))
  10. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Election Code"(Referenced Statute 23-15-807 (a))