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939Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 20000111Primary Sponsor: ReeseAll Sponsors: ReeseDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\ggs\22426ac00.docResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 11 SJSubject: Elections, partisan; candidate contributions to be limited; Ethics, Campaign practices, election cycle definedHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20000111 Introduced, read first time, 11 SJ referred to Committee Senate 19991019 Prefiled, referred to Committee 11 SJ Versions of This Bill
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 8-13-1313 SO AS TO PROHIBIT A CANDIDATE IN A PARTISAN ELECTION FROM RECEIVING CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDING FUNDS, FROM ALL SOURCES, IN AN ELECTION CYCLE MORE THAN THE OFFICE WOULD COMPENSATE THE ELECTED OFFICIAL FOR A FULL TERM, AND TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC LIMITATIONS FOR CERTAIN ELECTIVE OFFICES, INCLUDING THE GOVERNOR; AND TO AMEND SECTION 8-13-1300, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS FOR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES INCLUDING THE DEFINITION OF "ELECTION CYCLE", SO AS TO PROVIDE IN THE DEFINITION OF "ELECTION CYCLE" THAT THE CONTRIBUTION LIMITATIONS IN SECTION 8-13-1313 ARE FOR EACH PRIMARY, RUNOFF, OR SPECIAL ELECTION IN WHICH A CANDIDATE HAS OPPOSITION AND FOR EACH GENERAL ELECTION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 8-13-1313. A candidate in a partisan election may not receive contributions and may not expend funds, from all sources, in an election cycle more than the person would be compensated for serving a full term in that elective office. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the following limitations apply to the amount of contributions that may be received and funds that may be expended for the following elective offices if the election is partisan:
(1) Governor $1,000,000.00
(2) All other constitutional offices $300,000.00
(3) House of Representatives $50,000.00
(4) Senate $100,000.00
(5) Municipal offices $50,000.00
(6) County offices $50,000.00
(7) Sheriff $100,000.00."
SECTION 2. Section 8-13-1300(10) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 248 of 1991, is amended to read:
"(10) 'Election cycle' means the period of a term of office beginning on the day after the general election for the office, up to and including the following general election for the same office, including a primary, special primary, or special election; however, the contribution limits under Sections 8-13-1313, 8-13-1314, and 8-13-1316 apply only to elections occurring on or after January 1, 1992, and are for each primary, runoff, or special election in which a candidate has opposition and for each general election. If the candidate remains unopposed during an election cycle, one contribution limit shall apply."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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