CHANGES MADE BY HB142 AND HB143
ARE IN EFFECT STARTING JANUARY 1, 2014.
CHANGES MADE BY SB297 ARE IN EFFECT STARTING JANUARY 31, 2014.
Jurisdiction of Commission
The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission only has authority to investigate alleged violations of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Act (Act), O.C.G.A. 21-5-1 through 21-5-76. These investigations can be initiated by the Commission on its own motion or by a citizen complaint.
The Act encompasses a number of different types of violations, all of which concern the agency’s core mission of promoting transparency, compliance and disclosure. General types of violations under the Act include:
- Failure to file required disclosure reports (by Candidates, Public officers, lobbyists, campaign committees, independent committees etc)
- Filing false, inaccurate, incomplete disclosure reports (by Candidates, Public officers, lobbyists, campaign committees, independent committees etc)
- Misuse of campaign funds (by Candidates, Public officers)
- Contributions from prohibited sources or in excess of the contribution limits (by contributors, PACs, Candidates, Public officers)
- Contributions by a state agency (by state agencies, PACs, Candidates, Public officers)
- Failure to register as a candidate or committee when required by the Act (by candidate, campaign committee, PACs, independent committees)
- Failure to register as a Lobbyist (by Lobbyists)
The Commission does NOT have jurisdiction to investigate:
- Ethical/ moral conduct of candidates/lobbyists/public officers
- Conflict of interest laws (outside of failure to disclose such interests on proper forms)
- Misuse of State/ local funds
- Activities of state employees (outside of failure to file disclosure forms when required)
- Violations of other provisions of the Elections code
- Violations of criminal law
- Judicial behavior or decisions