Senate sends campaign finance law to governor

Senate sends campaign finance law to governor

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Senate sent a plan to reform the state's campaign finance laws to Gov. Phil Bryant's desk for review Wednesday.

Senate Bill 2689, by Sen. Sally Doty, R-Brookhaven, brings more transparency to political expenses and places restrictions on spending to campaign-related needs.

The bill includes a prohibition on personal expenses, payments to relatives and loans to candidates.

"This common sense reform requires full disclosure of activity and clarifies that spending on personal items is not allowable," Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. "Supporters of political candidates expect their resources to be spent on political activity, and voters deserve to know that is actually happening."

The bill requires candidates to disclose credit card expenditures. It also states that once a campaign account has been closed, the candidate can return the funds to donors, donate the funds to another political cause or charity, or send to state coffers. The Ethics Commission will oversee enforcement.