TITLE 15

Elections

Election Campaigns

CHAPTER 80. CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES

Subchapter III. Expenditures


No political committee may make any expenditure except for the following purposes:

(1) Wages of full-time or part-time campaign staff (but no salary nor wage for a candidate or a candidate's spouse);

(2) Travel expenses of the candidate and campaign staff;

(3) Payment of fees or charges for placing the name of the candidate on the ballot, and for collecting the returns of the election;

(4) Costs of telephone and other communications services;

(5) Costs of postage and other delivery services;

(6) Printing and stationery;

(7) Food, refreshments and related supplies;

(8) Purchase and preparation of lists of voters;

(9) Taking polls and making canvasses of voters;

(10) Payment for election watchers;

(11) Rental of office and rental and purchase of equipment;

(12) Advertising and publicity;

(13) In the case of a candidate committee, purchase of tickets to permit the candidate's attendance at civic or political events; and in the case of a political action committee, contributions within authorized limits, to any other political committee;

(14) Holding, promoting and furnishing meetings, demonstrations, conventions, and paying musicians and others rendering services thereto;

(15) Employing attorneys, accountants and other professional advisors;

(16) In the case of a candidate committee, contributions, within the limits set forth in § 8010(a) of this title, to another candidate committee, or as otherwise provided in § 8022 of this title;

(17) In the case of a political party or a political action committee, contributions, within authorized limits, to a candidate committee;

(18) In the case of any political action committee, in addition to any other expenditure authorized by this chapter, contributions to a political party within the limits set forth in § 8011 of this title.

59 Del. Laws, c. 580, § 1; 67 Del. Laws, c. 449, § 1.;

(a) All campaign advertisements having a fair market value of $500 or more, except printed items with a surface of less than 9 square inches, shall include prominently the statement: "Paid for by [name of political committee or other person paying for such advertisement.]." For purposes of this section, "campaign advertisements" shall include any communication by a candidate committee or political party that would otherwise qualify as an independent expenditure or an electioneering communication but for the fact it was made by a candidate committee or political party.

(b) All third-party advertisements having a fair market value of $500 or more, except printed items with a surface of less than 9 square inches, shall include prominently the statement: "Paid for by [name of political committee or other person paying for such third-party advertisement. Learn more about [name of person] at [Commissioner of Elections' web address]."

(c) The Commissioner may adopt regulations regarding the size, placement and duration of the foregoing statements as the same shall apply to specific forms of campaign advertisements. In connection therewith, the Commissioner may modify or amend the foregoing statements to conform to the requirements of a particular medium (i.e., television, radio, print, Internet), and may by regulation create exemptions from the requirements hereunder where compliance is not reasonably practicable due to the small size or short duration of such advertisements. In all events, however, campaign advertisements having the same medium and duration (for example, 15-second radio advertisements or Internet advertisements having less than 200 characters) shall be subject to the same requirements.

67 Del. Laws, c. 449, § 1; 78 Del. Laws, c. 400, § 5.;

Any funds remaining in any political committee which has completed its activities and paid all its creditors shall be paid to a successor committee or committees without being subject to the contribution limits set forth in this chapter or shall be donated to any religious, charitable, educational or scientific organization exempt from Delaware income tax under § 1902(b)(2) of Title 30 or to any volunteer fire company, and to no other person, except that an amount not in excess of the amount listed in § 8011 of this title may be given to the political party eligible to be listed on any general election ballot under § 3001 of this title. For purposes of this section, the term "successor committee" shall include any political committee, or committees, as that term is defined by § 8002(19) of this title; provided, however, that where the successor committee is one other than a candidate committee formed to promote the election of the same candidate to a different office than that for which the candidate's original candidate committee was formed, the contribution limits set forth in this chapter shall apply.

67 Del. Laws, c. 449, § 1; 78 Del. Laws, c. 400, § 1.;

67 Del. Laws, c. 449, § 1; repealed by 78 Del. Laws, c. 400, § 6, eff. Jan. 1, 2013.;