Campaign finance requirements for Mississippi judicial elections

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This information was last updated in 2010. For current campaign finance requirements, contact the Secretary of State's office.
Campaign finance requirements for Mississippi judicial elections are governed 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 are handled by the Mississippi Attorney General[2].

General requirements

Candidate

Any person running for judicial office in Mississippi is considered to be a candidate[3].

Political committee

Any authorized campaign committee by a judicial candidate is considered to be a Political Committee[4][5].

Statement of Organization

Any authorized campaign 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[6].

The $200 in 48 hours rule

Any candidate committee that receives $200 or more in the last ten days of the election must report any contributions within 48 hours[7].

Campaign finance requirements

Corporate/labor union contributions

Corporations and labor unions are allowed to contribute to judicial elections in Mississippi. Corporations and labor unions are limited to donating $1,000 per a year to a candidate[8].

Contribution limits

Individuals are limited to donating $2,500 for district court candidates and $5,000 for Court of Appeals and Supreme Court candidates[9].

Reporting requirements and reports

Mississippi uses a monthly campaign finance reporting system for judicial candidates 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 for judicial candidates. Reports are due ten days after the end of the reporting period.[10].

Post-election report

Authorized committees for judicial candidates must file a post-election report which covers up to 30 days after the election. The report is due thirty days before the election[11].

Campaign advertising restrictions

There are no campaign advertising restrictions in Mississippi.

Terminating a committee

Under Mississippi law, an authorized campaign committee can terminate only after there are no outstanding debts, disbursements of campaign finance funds, or incoming contributions[12].

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(b))
  4. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Election Code"(Referenced Statute 23-15-801(c))
  5. Mississippi Secretary of State "2010 Campaign Finance Manual"(See Page 14)
  6. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Election Code"(Referenced Statute 23-15-803(a))
  7. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Election Code"(Referenced Statute 23-15-807(f))
  8. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Criminal Code"(Referenced Statute 97-13-15)
  9. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Criminal Code"(Referenced Statute 23-15-1021)
  10. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Election Code"(Referenced Statute 23-17-51 (3))
  11. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Election Code"(Referenced Statute 23-17-51 (3))
  12. Mississippi Code "Mississippi Election Code"(Referenced Statute 23-15-807 (a))
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