Campaign Finance

Submitted by dana.wilson on Wed, 08/01/2018 - 12:32

The Ethics Commission has limited jurisdiction over Mississippi's Campaign Finance Law. Section 23-15-821, Miss. Code of 1972, enacted during the 2017 Regular Session of the Legislature, defines and prohibits the "personal use" of campaign funds and authorizes the Ethics Commission to issue advisory opinions regarding such use. Section 23-15-813 also authorizes the Ethics Commission to fine candidates and elected officials who fail to timely file campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State. Pursuant to Section 23-15-803, the Ethics Commission can fine a political committee which fails to file a statement of organization with the Secretary of State. Under Section 23-15-811, the Ethics Commission can seek a court order compelling a candidate or committee to file required campaign finance reports.

In preparation for these changes in the law, the Ethics Commission adopted guidelines for the accounting of campaign funds. Click the link below to review these guidelines. Additionally, please find Sections 23-15-813 and 23-15-821, Miss. Code of 1972, provided below for your convenience.

Please find below Campaign Finance Advisory Opinions issued by the Mississippi Ethics Commission to date:

  • 18-001-F
  • 18-002-F
  • 19-001-F

If you would like to review the full Campaign Finance Disclosure Laws, you may search the Miss. Code here.

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