New Hampshire bill proposes more campaign spending disclosure
By Tyler King
CONCORD, New Hampshire: Senate Republican Leader Jeb Bradley has proposed several changes to election laws in New Hampshire. Bradley told the Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee that the most important change to election laws his bill would make would be requiring independent groups to file expenditure reports with the state. The intent of his bill would be to allow voters to know who is paying for negative campaign ads and material mailed to their homes.
The bill would split the definition of a political committee into two parts. The first part would cover purely political groups that spent $2,500 or more in a calendar year to promote the success or defeat of candidates or measures. These committees often are formed by candidates. The second part would cover groups that aren't associated with a candidate and spending on such things as ads and mailers that mention a candidate by name. These independent groups would have to file with the state if they spent $5,000 or more in a calendar year and the ad is broadcast or the mailer distributed within 60 days of a general election or 30 days before a primary election.