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shall be set forth in a written agreement, including but
amount of repayment, that
shall be executed by the chair or treasurer of the
committee at the time of the loan or credit agreement. The
loan or agreement
set forth the rate of
interest for the loan, if any, which may not
prevailing market interest rate at the time the
agreement is executed.
(4) For the satisfaction or repayment of any debts or
for the payment of
any expenses relating to a personal
Campaign funds may not be used as collateral
for home mortgages.
(5) For clothing or personal laundry expenses, except
the public official or candidate
for his or her own use exclusively for a specific
purchase costumes, novelty items, or other accessories
advertise the candidacy.
(6) For the travel expenses of
any person unless the
travel is necessary for fulfillment of political,
governmental, or public policy duties, activities, or
(7) For membership or club dues charged by
organizations, clubs, or
engaged in providing health, exercise, or recreational
however, that funds received under
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this Article may be used to rent the clubs
for a specific campaign-related event.
(8) In payment for anything of value or for
reimbursement of any
which any person has
been reimbursed by the State or any person.
of this item (8), a per diem allowance is not a
(9) For the purchase of or installment payment for a
motor vehicle unless
the political committee can
demonstrate that purchase of a motor vehicle is
cost-effective than leasing a motor vehicle as permitted
under this item
(9). A political committee may lease or
purchase and insure, maintain, and
repair a motor vehicle
if the vehicle will be used primarily for campaign
for the performance of governmental duties. A
shall not make expenditures for use of the
vehicle for non-campaign or
Persons using vehicles not purchased or leased by a
political committee may be reimbursed for actual mileage
for the use of the
vehicle for campaign purposes or for the
performance of governmental duties.
reimbursements shall be made at a rate not to exceed the
mileage rate method for computation of business
expenses under the Internal
(10) Directly for an individual's tuition or other
except for governmental or political
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purposes directly related to a candidate's
official's duties and responsibilities.
(11) For payments to a public official or candidate or
his or her
family member unless
for compensation for
services actually rendered by that person.
of this item (11) do not apply to expenditures by a
political committee in an aggregate
amount not exceeding
the amount of funds reported to and certified by the State
Board or county clerk as available as of June 30, 1998, in
contributions and expenditures
filed by the
political committee for the period concluding
June 30, 1998.
(b) The Board shall have the authority to investigate,
receipt of a verified complaint, violations of the
provisions of this Section.
The Board may levy a fine
person who knowingly makes expenditures in violation of this
on any person who knowingly makes a malicious and
false accusation of a
violation of this Section.
The Board may
act under this subsection only upon the affirmative vote of at
least 5 of its members. The fine shall not
exceed $500 for each
expenditure of $500 or less and shall not exceed the
expenditure plus $500 for each expenditure greater than
$500. The Board shall
have the authority
rulings and issue opinions relating to compliance with this
(c) Nothing in this Section prohibits the expenditure of
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funds of a
committee controlled by an officeholder
or by a candidate to defray the customary and reasonable
expenses of an
connection with the performance
of governmental and public service functions.
(d) Nothing in this Section prohibits the funds of a
political committee which is controlled by a person convicted
of a violation of any of the offenses listed in subsection (a)
of Section 10 of the Public Corruption Profit Forfeiture Act
from being forfeited to the State under Section 15 of the
Public Corruption Profit Forfeiture Act.
(e) Nothing in this Section prohibits the expenditure of
political committee funds for expenses related to full-time or
part-time child care or care of a dependent family member
incurred by any person, including, but not limited to,
candidates, officeholders, campaign staff, or volunteers, so
long as the child care or care of a dependent family member is
necessary for fulfillment of political, governmental, or
public policy duties, activities, or purposes. The changes
made by this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly
shall be construed as declarative of existing law.
As used in this subsection (e), "care of a dependent
family member" includes caregiving, personal care, adult day
services, and home health services for elderly persons and
persons with an illness, injury, or disability who require
assistance in caring for themselves.
(Source: P.A. 100-1027, eff. 1-1-19