Senate Bill 545 History
Senate Bill No. 545
(By Senators Facemire, Edgell, Green, Kirkendoll, Snyder, Tucker,
Kessler (Mr. President) and D. Hall)
[Introduced March 25, 2013; referred to the Committee on the
A BILL to amend and reenact §3-8-10 of the Code of West Virginia,
1931, as amended, relating to regulation and control of
elections; use of certain contributions; and authorizing the
use of excess contributions by the candidate to pay back any
loans or debts from previous campaigns.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §3-8-10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended,
be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 8. REGULATION AND CONTROL OF ELECTIONS.
§3-8-10. Use of certain contributions.
(a) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the
contrary, amounts received by a candidate as contributions that are
in excess of any amount necessary to defray his or her expenditures
(1) Used by the candidate to defray any usual and customary
expenses incurred in connection with his or her duties as a holder
of public office; and
(2) Contributed by the candidate, after the general election,
(A) Any charitable organization or subsequent campaign by the
same candidate, without limitation;
(B) Any national committee in accordance with federal
(C) Any state party executive committee or state party
legislative caucus committee, in an amount not to exceed $15,000 in
a calendar year; or
(D) Any local committee of any political party or any other
candidate for public office, in accordance with the existing
limitations on contributions.
(3) Used by the candidate to pay back any loans or debts from
(b) The State Election Commission shall promulgate emergency
and legislative rules, in accordance with the provisions of chapter
twenty-nine-a of this code, to establish guidelines for the
administration of this section.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is authorizing the use of
excess contributions by the candidate to pay back any loans or debts from previous campaigns.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would