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Election commission issues correction
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Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley warns that certain election laws may apply to the activities of both supporters and parties opposing the upcoming retail package store referendum.In addition, Stanley said if two or more persons join forces to support or oppose or an entity, such as an organization or church, or take a position on a referendum they are subject to the state’s campaign finance laws.“In general terms, the state law which applies to political communications for candidates also impacts those supporting or opposing a local referendum,” he added.“Reports of appointment of treasurers and disclosure of contributions and expenditures are required of : (1) a group of two or more individuals making expenditures to support or oppose any state or local measure in a referendum; (2) a corporation or any other organization making expenditures to support or oppose any state or local referendum; (3) any committee, club, association or group of persons receiving contributions or making expenditures totaling more than $250 in a calendar year to support or oppose any state or local measure in a referendum,” Stanley said.Those who fail to follow this law could be subject to civil penalties.Recently, the election commission also announced that communications such as signs, broadcast and print advertisements must include a disclaimer of who paid for the communication.“That announcement was in error,” Stanley said. “There was a Supreme Court ruling that exempted those supporting or opposing a question on the ballot from disclosing who paid for broadcast, print and other forms of communication. I honestly wasn’t aware of that ruling, but now the issue has been cleared up.