department of elections
Office of the Commissioner of Elections for the State of Delaware
SUMMARY OF THE REGULATORY ACTION
The State Election Commissioner proposed regulations to amend the Campaign Finance Regulations pursuant to 29 Del.C. §10114 and 15 Del.C. §§8021(c) and 8041(1). The State Election Commissioner published its notice of proposed regulations in the November 2012 Delaware Register of Regulations, requiring written comments on or before November 30, 2012. The State Election Commissioner scheduled public hearings on the proposed regulations in each county on November 29, 2012 and extended the period to submit written comments to December 14, 2012. The State Election Commissioner received information, factual evidence and public comment on the proposed regulation during this time period.
SUMMARY OF COMMENTS RECEIVED WITH AGENCY RESPONSE AND EXPLANATION OF CHANGES
1. Several commenters asked whether the $500 threshold contained in Sections 7.1 and 7.2 represented a per sign cost or an aggregate amount for a number of campaign signs. There were concerns about the fragmentation of purchases of signs that would enable a political committee or third party advertiser to avoid the $500 lower limit for disclaimers.
The $500 threshold constitutes a per sign cost, not the aggregate of all signs purchased during a campaign.
2. Commenters asked whether the State Election Commissioner could implement a grandfather clause that would enable persons to use up their stock of signs and fliers without an disclaimer statement. The disclaimer requirement for existing signs is an unreasonable burden on repeat candidates. The burden will be difficult for candidates of moderate means, from the smaller parties, and who are seeking to defeat an incumbent. The burden is especially heavy for those who use homemade signs.
The Commissioner has no authority to promulgate a grandfather clause that would allow the erection of existing signs without a disclaimer where the disclaimer is required under the Delaware Elections Disclosure Act, 78 Del. Laws, c. 400. As noted above, unless such a sign has a fair market value of $500.00 or more, no disclaimer is required. For an existing sign with a fair market value of $500.00 or more, the Commissioner recommends affixing an addition to the sign that contains the required disclaimer.
3. On commenter deplored the propriety of promoting the Commissioner's webpage, as required by proposed regulation 7.2. He stated that persons wanting information about third party advertisers should be required to find it themselves, not rely upon a state website. He believes that candidates should not be burdened with providing such information. A second commenter on the same issue added that the burden on candidates to add the Commissioner's website to signs would be intrusive and burdensome.
The purpose of adding the State Election Commissioner's webpage to the disclaimer is to make available information on third-party advertisers, not to advertise the State Election Commissioner. The webpage will contain the Statements of Organization and reports filed by the third-party advertisers. The Commissioner believes that such information will makes the electoral process more open and transparent and does not agree that persons interested in learning about third party advertisers should be required to find information on such entities by themselves. Candidates are not required to add the Commissioner's website to their campaign advertisements.
4. The same commenter disagrees with the requirement of 7.4.2 that disclaimers be contained in a printed box, which the commenter believes actually makes the advertisement harder to read. He requested striking the requirement that disclaimers be boxed.
The Commissioner believes that boxing disclaimers will bring them to the attention of the reader, which is one of the goals of Section 7.
5. The same commenter stated that the electronic filing of reports of political committees would be burdensome on persons who are not tech savvy and would discriminate against elderly campaigners.
The Commissioner does not concur that electronic filing is technologically challenging, given the prevalence of electronic forms in the current age. Nor does the Commissioner concur that elderly campaigners will be unable to file electronically and so suffer from discrimination.
6. The same commenter sought clarification on the words "in writing" as used in Section 10.1., specifically whether "in writing" includes email notifications.
7. One commenter asked for clarification of how to address equipment when closing a committee.
If the filing party is carrying any equipment on its books, the party needs to dispose of the equipment and enter the disposal cost on Schedule B.
8. One commenter sought the purpose of the change to Section 3.3., which requires the creation of a campaign committee for a campaign for a different office within 24 hours of certain contributions and expenditures.
This regulatory change is based on a change in 15 Del.C. §8005.
9. One commenter questioned the authority of the Commissioner to impose the disclaimer requirements contained in Section 7, given the right to political speech.
This regulatory change is based on a change in 15 Del.C. §8021.
10. The same commenter questioned the practicality of a 12-point font disclaimer on a road sign.
The Commissioner proposed a 12-point font to balance the electorate's need for open and transparent elections against the electorate's need to see and read a full campaign message. If, after opportunity to test the 12-pont font requirement, the 12-point font proves to be too small, the Commissioner will propose new regulations that require a larger font.
11. The same commenter questioned the disclaimer requirement on the ground that no one really cares who erected or paid for a campaign sign, and the rules will disenfranchise many who want to be candidates.
This regulatory change is based on a change in 15 Del.C. §8021.
12. One commenter questioned the correlation between sign size and font size.
The Commissioner believes that larger signs are designed to be read from a farther distance and that therefore the font size of the disclaimer should be commensurately larger.
13. The same commenter inquired about the intent of Section 6, which requires that payments for the purchase or lease of vehicles be characterized as equipment purchases, not travel expenses.
Payment for the purchase or lease of vehicles should be characterized as equipment purchases/rentals, not travel expenses.
14. The same commenter questioned the practicality of using fair market value to price real estate, apparently under Section 6.2.
The use of fair market value to price real estate is a longstanding practice under Delaware's campaign finance regulations and has proved practical.
15. One commenter questioned the burden on the State for the enforcement of the font size requirement when the proper focus should be placement of signs from a public safety standpoint.
The regulation of font size to further open and transparent elections and the regulation of placement of signs for safety purposes are two separate important state interests, both of which warrant attention.
16. One commenter queried whether the requirements for font color under Section 7.4.3 would force a political committee or third party advertiser to buy three colors of ink, not just two.
No. Section 7.4.3 requires only a reasonable degree of contrast between the background and the printed statement.
17. Commenters queried whether the disclaimers need to be on both sides of two-sided signs, or on the front of a one-sided sign.
Yes to both questions.
18. One commenter asked if the Commissioner would offer free training on how to file under Section 8.0
19. The same commenter asked for clarification on the receipt of a contribution mailed to a P.O. Box - date of arrival or date when the commenter opens her mail?
The date of receipt would be the date of arrival of the mail.
20. One commenter suggested that the disclaimer requirement would require that signs be larger to accommodate the additional information.
There may be circumstances where this is a correct statement.
21. One commenter asked about two-part signs, and whether each part of the sign would have to contain the label mandated by Section 7.
Each part of the sign would not be required to have the Section 7 disclaimer if the signs are connected or attached.
22. One commenter expressed the need to ensure that state and local highway signs regulations pertaining to signs reflect the need for larger signs that may be triggered by the new disclaimer requirements.
This comment should be addressed to the state and local authorities that regulate the size and placement of signs.
23. One commenter, noting the costs associated with the use of existing signs that do not contain any required disclaimers, queried whether a committee or advertiser could affix the disclaimer to an existing sign.
24. One commenter asked if there were specific size requirements for disclaimers placed on signs.
No. Section 7 mandates that disclaimers be prominent.
25. One commenter asked if a campaign committee would be responsible for signs bought and erected by a different person or entity.
The campaign committee would be responsible only for its own signs, e.g. the signs listed as expenditures on its campaign finance report.
26. One commenter asked if an existing sign needed a disclaimer added, and the sign were in the possession of a homeowner on whose lawn the sign had been placed in an earlier campaign, would the campaign committee that had purchased and placed the sign on the homeowner's lawn have to add a disclaimer.
Yes, with the caveat that few signs placed on homeowner lawns will exceed $500 in fair market value.
27. One commenter questioned the fairness of the $50 late fees set forth in Section 10. The commenter queried whether there could be a provision for tardiness of greater 24 hours based on the technical inability of a committee to timely file.
This regulatory change is based on a change in 15 Del.C. §8044.
28. One commenter asked if there were penalties for the failure to comply with the disclaimer requirements under Section 7.
Yes. See 15 Del.C. §8043 (i) A reporting party who violates §8021 of this title shall be assessed a fine by the Commissioner of $500 or 25% of the cost of the campaign advertisement subject thereto, whichever is greater.
29. One commenter asked that the regulations be changed to add a new Section 8.4 that would require the Commissioner to send an email alert about upcoming deadlines for filing under Section 8.
The Commissioner is willing to send such alerts to groups subject to Section 8, provided the Commissioner has a current email address.
30. One commenter requested that the Commissioner provide training on the new regulations.
The Commissioner is willing to provide such training.
31. One commenter asked that the 24-hour deadline for filing reports of contributions and expenditures under Sections 3 and 9 remain seven days instead.
T his regulatory change is based on changes to 15 Del.C. §§8005, 8030, and 8031.
32. One commenter offered comments on grammatical and citing errors in the proposed regulations.
These comments have been accepted and are reflected in the bracketed language below.
FINDINGS OF FACT
The State Election Commissioner finds that the proposed changes published in the November 2012 Register of Regulations should be adopted, subject to the modifications marked in bracketed text below, which are not substantive.
THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED, that the proposed regulations to amend the Campaign Finance Regulations are adopted and shall be final effective January 10, 2013.
Elaine Manlove, State Election Commissioner
Campaign Finance Regulations
The State Election Commissioner has authority under 15 Del. C. § 8041(1) to enact rules and regulations not inconsistent with law "as are necessary to implement and enforce the Campaign Financing Act." These regulations should be read in conjunction with Chapter 80 of Title 15 and have the force and effect of law. The State Election Commissioner has authority under 15 Del.C. Sec. 8041(1) to enact rules and regulations to implement and enforce the Campaign Financing Act of 1990 and the 2012 Delaware Elections Disclosure Act. The purpose of these regulations is to mandate disclosure of sources of campaign money to give voters information to make informed choices of candidates and to educate and to regulate candidates and political committees, including persons making independent expenditures through third party advertisements. The regulations should be read in conjunction with Chapter 80 of Title 15 and have the force and effect of law.
2.1 “Campaign advertisement” has the meaning set forth in 15 Del.C. §8021(a) or any successor provision, as the same shall be amended from time to time.
2.2 “Electioneering communication” has the meaning set forth in 15 Del.C. §8002(11) or any successor provision, as the same shall be amended from time to time.
2.3 “Electronic format” means a communication posted or displayed electronically, and includes but is not limited to communications in electronic messages, electronic message attachments, text messages, or communications and advertisements appearing on Internet web pages, blogs, mobile devices, or other electronic communication systems.
2.4 “Independent expenditure” has the meaning set forth in 15 Del.C. §8002(13) or any successor provision, as the same shall be amended from time to time.
2.5 “Printed communication” means any communication distributed via mail, sign, the Internet, newspaper or other periodical.
2.6 “Third-party campaign advertisement” has the meaning set forth in 15 Del.C. §8002(27) or any successor provision, as the same shall be amended from time to time.
3.1 Amount of contributions
3.1.1 A contribution as defined by 15 Del.C. §8002(6) may not exceed the maximum allowed for any election period regardless of whether that contribution is designated by the donor to retire a previous campaign debt or for a present campaign.
3.1.2 Regardless of how it is characterized, the total amount given by any contributor to any candidate for any election period may not exceed the limits permitted for contributions under Subchapter II of Chapter 80.
3.1.3 Incumbents not seeking reelection or other elective office may accept contributions to repay debt after the close of the election. However, the total contributions by any person given to any office holder in this circumstance may not exceed the amount permitted to be received by such office holder in the last election in which such office holder stood for election.
3.2 Receipt of contribution
3.2.1 Cash or reportable in-kind services. The date of receipt of a contribution in cash or in kind services required to be reported under 15 Del.C. Ch. 80 is the date that it is physically received by the candidate, treasurer or other representative of the committee which is registered with the State Election Commissioner Office. This date of receipt and not the date of deposit or otherwise shall be the date for reporting purposes.
3.2.2 Checks. The date of receipt of a contribution paid by check is the date the candidate, treasurer or other representative of the committee physically receives it. If the check is received by mail, the date of receipt and date for reporting purposes is the date it is received by the candidate, treasurer or representative of the registered committee. The person first receiving the check on behalf of the candidate or committee shall note on its face the date of physical receipt of the check. The person marking the date of receipt shall also accurately and legibly initial the notation of the date of actual receipt of the check.
3.3 Committee structure.
3.3.1 An office holder intending to seek a different office must establish a campaign committee for the new campaign within seven days after first receiving a contribution to, or making expenditure for, the new campaign. no later than 24 hours after it receives any contribution or makes any expenditure that causes the aggregate amount of contributions [by to] or expenditures [to by] such committee to exceed $500 during an election period.
3.3.2 If such candidate has not closed out the candidate’s existing campaign committee, the existing committee shall become a subcommittee of the new campaign committee. No candidate may have more than one committee, although a committee may have subcommittees however they are designated. The new committee must be established as outlined above even if established for exploratory purposes only. For example, if a candidate is currently in office, is maintaining a candidate committee to settle past debt and is seeking a different office, there shall be one committee and a subcommittee.
3.3.3 A single report shall be filed with the Commissioner on behalf of the committee showing the required information for both the committee and subcommittee(s). A candidate and treasurer are jointly responsible for filing reports on behalf of a candidate committee. The designation by a candidate of a treasurer does not relieve the candidate of the requirement to file reports.
3.3.4 A candidate committee may accept contributions for the new campaign or to pay off debts of the subcommittee. However, the total contributed by any person to any candidate may not exceed the limits permitted under Subchapter II of Chapter 80 for the "election period" whether such contributions are for the new campaign or for its subcommittees to pay off prior debts.
4.1 No candidate for election to any school board or to any other public office that pays less than $1,000 per year shall be required to form a candidate committee if the candidate files a Certificate of Intention Form prepared by the Commissioner within 7 days of filing as a candidate and certifying (under penalty of perjury) the intention not to receive nor to spend more than $2,000 in campaign funds.
4.2 A candidate who has filed a Certificate of Intention Form shall not be required to file any further reports with the Commissioner. However, if the candidate subsequently receives more than $2,000 in contributions or spends more than $2,000 before the end of the year in which the election for such office is held, the candidate or committee must, within 7 days of such receipt or expenditure, notify the Commissioner and file all reports that would otherwise have been required had no Certificate of Intention been made.
4.3 Reimbursement for personal expenses in connection with performance of duties of the office is not salary for purposes of calculating the $1,000 limit on salaries for offices not required to report.
5.1 A political committee must file, on forms prescribed by the Commissioner, the documents and reports required by 15 Del. C. Sec. 8005. In the case of a political committee, all Each political committee shall file, under penalty of perjury, officers of the committee are responsible for filing the a Statement of Organization with the Commissioner no later than 24 hours after the committee receives any contribution or makes any expenditure that causes the aggregate amount of contributions by or expenditures to such committee to exceed $500 during an election period. and Statement of Purposes and Goals with the Commissioner within 7 days after the committee first receives any contribution or makes any expenditure, or within 7 days of any change of officers. In accordance with 15 Del. C. Sec. 8030 the treasurer of a committee is responsible for timely filing of the report required by that section.
5.2 The Statement of Organization of a candidate committee, or any amendment thereto, shall be signed under penalty of perjury by either the candidate or the treasurer. Notwithstanding the foregoing, In the case of a candidate committee, the candidate and treasurer are shall be jointly responsible for timely filing of all documents and reports required by 15 Del. C. § § 8005 and 8030. such documents. All Statements of Purposes and Goals must state the political office(s) and/or election for which the committee is being formed. The Statement of Organization of a candidate committee must be signed by the candidate and committee treasurer personally.
5.3 Any officer of a political committee may submit a resignation to the Commissioner and be removed from the list of committee officers, except that no committee shall be without a treasurer. In the event a committee treasurer resigns without the appointment by the committee of a new treasurer, the following people shall automatically become treasurer: (1) In the case of a candidate committee, in the absence of a treasurer the candidate becomes the treasurer and is responsible for carrying out the duties of the treasurer as required by law, (2) In the case of a political committee the highest remaining officer becomes the treasurer and is responsible for the duties of the treasurer until a new treasurer is designated. In the case of any political committee other than a candidate committee, the Statement of Organization and any amendments thereto shall be signed under penalty by the treasurer, who shall be responsible for the timely filing thereof.
6.1 Reporting of Expenses
6.1.1 Vehicles. Payments made toward the purchase or lease of vehicles are not travel expenses and must be listed on reporting forms as equipment purchases. Such vehicles must be titled or leased in the name of the political committee. If, at the end of the election, the vehicle is transferred to personal use, the person to whom the vehicle is transferred must reimburse the political committee for the fair market value of the vehicle at the time of the transfer. Fair market retail value for a motor vehicle shall be that listed by the National Automobile Dealers Association ("NADA Bluebook").
126.96.36.199 No committee may close out its business with equipment remaining. Equipment possessed by the political committee at the end of the election must be sold to satisfy debts, obligations or loans of the committee; or be given to a successor committee, or donated to any religious, charitable, educational or scientific organization exempt from Delaware income tax under 30 Del.C. §1902(b)(2), political parties, or to any volunteer fire company and to no other person, treating such equipment the same as left over funds pursuant to 15 Del.C. §8022.
188.8.131.52 In the event equipment is transferred by sale or other lawful means under these regulations to personal use, the person receiving the equipment shall pay the committee the fair market value of the equipment at the time of the transfer. Fair market value shall be that price that would be paid by disinterested parties on the open market for equipment of like age and condition.
184.108.40.206 When equipment is sold or transferred from the committee to the person receiving such equipment for personal use, the person receiving such equipment bears the burden of showing the payment of fair market value to the committee of such item of equipment transferred for personal use. Any such transfer shall be reported on the disclosure reports required by Chapter 80 and such report shall be accompanied by a sworn affidavit from the person receiving such equipment attesting that the person receiving such equipment in good faith believes the value paid to the committee for the transfer of the equipment to personal use equals the fair market value of the equipment at the time of the transfer. The Commissioner may require such a person receiving such equipment to substantiate such value by acceptable appraisal or other estimate of value of the equipment from a person in the business of appraising or selling such equipment, or other evidence of a like piece being sold for a comparable price. Whenever this Section requires a person to submit an affidavit or other documentation relating to the transfer of equipment, it is the political committee's obligation to obtain and attach such documentation or affidavit to its report regardless of whether the person receiving the equipment is a candidate or a person under the control of the committee.
6.2 Self Dealing
6.2.1 When a committee has a commercial dealing with a person associated with the committee in that person's personal capacity, the committee has the burden of showing an arm’s length, actual legitimate business transaction. For example, leases of personal property to one's political committee at higher than the fair market value will result in the excess above the fair market value being considered as an illegal expenditure of campaign funds not authorized under 15 Del.C. §8020. Likewise, any party or person other than the candidate who leases equipment to the political committee at a cost less than the fair market value will result in the difference between the lease cost and the fair market value of such lease being considered a campaign contribution by the lessor.
6.2.2 Also, all no or low interest loans made to the political committee by other than the candidate which are below the market rate of interest charged for similar loans in an arm’s length commercial transaction will be considered contributions to the extent below the market interest rate and subject to the limitations of Chapter 80. Likewise, any reportable in kind services provided will be considered a contribution.
6.2.3 The committee has the obligation of attaching to its reports any documentation necessary by affidavit, appraisal or otherwise, that the dealings between the political committee and the person associated with the political committee were arms length transactions.
6.3 Payments to candidates and their Spouses as compensation for services, regardless of how denominated, shall be considered wages or salary and, as such, are prohibited under 15 Del.C. §8020.
7.1 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].”
7.2 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 [political committee or other person paying for such third-party advertisement] at elections.delaware.gov.”
7.3 Statement specifications, general. All statements required pursuant to [this] Section  hereunder must be presented in a clear and conspicuous manner, to give the reader, observer, or listener adequate notice of (a) the identity of the political committee or person that paid for the communication; and (b) if applicable, the address of the Commissioner of Elections’ web site. A disclaimer is not clear and conspicuous if it is difficult to read or hear, or if the placement is easily overlooked.
7.4 Statement specifications, printed communications. In addition to the general requirements of Section .2 hereunder, all statements required pursuant to 15 Del.C. §8021 that appear on any printed communication must also comply with the following specifications:
7.4.1 The statement must be of sufficient type size to be clearly readable by the recipient of the communication. Statements printed in the following font sizes shall be presumed to satisfy the foregoing type size requirement:
220.127.116.11 For printed communications smaller than 8½” x 11”, a font size of eight (8) points or larger;
18.104.22.168 For printed communications from 8½” x 11” to 24” x 36”, a font size of twelve (12) points or larger;
22.214.171.124 For printed communications that are larger than 24” x 36”, a font size equal to least five percent (5%) of the height of such communication.
7.4.2 The statement must be contained in a printed box set apart from the other contents of the communication.
7.4.3 The statement must be printed with a reasonable degree of color contrast between the background and the printed statement. A statement satisfies the color contrast requirement of this section if it is printed in black text on a white background
7.4.4 If a printed communication appearing in electronic format lacks sufficient space to include the required statement in accordance with the foregoing specifications, such communication may meet disclosure requirements if, by clicking on the printed communication appearing in electronic format, the viewer is taken to a landing page or a home page that displays the statement in a conspicuous manner in accordance with the foregoing specifications.
7.5 Statement specifications, television communications. In addition to the general requirements of Section 7.2 hereunder, all statements required pursuant to 15 Del.C. §8021 that appear in any television communication must also comply with the following specifications:
7.5.1 The statement shall be both written and spoken either at the beginning or at the end of the communication, except that if the statement is written for at least five seconds of a broadcast of thirty seconds or less or ten seconds of a sixty second broadcast, a spoken disclosure statement is not required.
7.5.2 The written disclosure statement shall appear with a reasonable degree of color contrast between the background and text of the statement, must be of sufficient size to be readily legible to an average viewer and shall air for at least four (4) seconds.
7.6 Statement specifications, radio communications. In addition to the general requirements of Section 7.2 hereunder, all statements required pursuant to 15 Del.C. §8021 that appear in any radio communication must also comply with the following specifications:
7.6.1 The statement shall be spoken in a clearly audible and intelligible manner at the beginning or end of the communication.
7.6.2 The statement shall have a duration of at least three (3) seconds.
7.7 Statement specifications, telephone communications. In addition to the general requirements of Section 7.2 hereunder, all statements required pursuant to 15 Del.C. §8021 that appear in any telephone communication must also comply with the following specifications:
7.7.1 The statement shall be spoken in a clearly audible and intelligible manner at the beginning or end of the communication.
7.7.3 The statement shall have a duration of at least three (3) seconds.
Reports of political committees required by 15 Del. C. Sec. 8030 shall be on forms prescribed or approved by the Commissioner. Such reports shall provide all information required on such forms and shall be printed legibly or typed in blue or black ink. Forms shall be available in the Office of the Commissioner.
Both the candidate and treasurer bear personal responsibility to file the reports required. Such reports must be received in the Office of the Commissioner by 4:30 p.m., on the second day after the end of the reporting period that is not a State holiday under 1 Del. C. Chapter 5; or mailed to the Commissioner and postmarked by the end of the due date. Reports may be transmitted by facsimile, provided, however, that they are received in the Office of the Commissioner by 4:30 p.m. on the day due. In such event, the original must be mailed to the Office of the Commissioner postmarked no later than the due date.
All reports must be signed personally by the candidate or committee treasurer and the signature of the treasurer does not relieve the candidate of responsibility for filing the necessary reports of a candidate committee.
8.1 Forms. Reports of political committees and third party advertisers required by 15 Del.C. §§8030, 8031 shall be filed electronically on forms prescribed by the Commissioner. The Commissioner shall issue to each person subject to 15 Del.C. §§8030, 8031 an electronic password upon the approval and processing of each such person’s Statement of Organization.
8.2 Filing. Reports must be filed electronically by the deadline on the date they are due.
8.3 Signing. The electronic password issued to a person subject to 15 Del.C. §§8030, 8031 shall constitute that person’s signature. The electronic password issued to third party advertisers shall constitute that person’s signature upon reports filed pursuant to 15 Del.C. §§8030, 8031. The electronic password shall also constitute the signature under penalty of perjury of a third party advertiser filing pursuant to 15 Del.C. §8031.
Pursuant to 15 Del. C. Sec. 8031 any person who makes an independent expenditure that causes the aggregate amount of independent expenditures made by such person to exceed $100 in an election period, must file a report with the Commissioner on forms prescribed by the Commissioner. That report must be filed at the times required by 15 Del. C. Sec. 8030 and contain the information required by 15 Del. C. Sec. 8031.
9.1 The initial report filed by a person pursuant to 15 Del.C. §8031 during an election period shall contain all of the information required by Section 8031. Each subsequent report filed within the same election period shall contain the following information:
9.1.1 Any information required by Section 8005, if such information has changed since the last report filed with the Election Commissioner pursuant to Section 8031.
9.1.2 The full name and mailing address of each person to whom any expenditure has been made by the reporting person since the date of the last period under Section 8030 or Section 8031 in an aggregate amount in excess of $100; the total aggregate amount of expenditures during the election period; the amount, date and purpose of each such expenditure; and the name of, and office sought by, each candidate on whose behalf such expenditure was made;
9.1.3 The full name and mailing address of each person who has made a contribution to the reporting person since the date of the last report filed pursuant to Section 8030 or Section 8031 in an aggregate amount or value in excess of $100; the total of all contributions from such person since the date of the last report filed pursuant to Section 8030 or Section 8031; and the amount and date of all contributions from such person since the date of the last report filed pursuant to Section 8030 or Section 8031.
9.1.4 If a person listed under section (3) above is not an individual, the full name and mailing address of:
126.96.36.199 Any person who, directly or otherwise, owns a legal or equitable interest of 50 percent or greater in such entity; and
188.8.131.52 One responsible party, if the aggregate amount of contributions made by such entity during the election period exceeds $1,200.
9.1.5 If an expenditure subject to Section 8031 is made more than 30 days before a primary or special election or 60 days before a general election, the report required under Section 8031 shall be filed within 48 hours after such expenditure is made. If the expenditure subject to Section 8031 is made 30 days or less before a primary or special election or 60 days or less before an election, such report shall be filed with the Commissioner within 24 hours after such expenditure is made. For purposes of this section, an expenditure shall be deemed to be made on the date it is paid or obligated, whichever is earlier.
9.1 False or No Report
9.1.1 Any candidate or treasurer who knowingly files any report required by Sec. 8023 or Subchapter 4 (of Chapter so of Title 15) that is false in any material respect, or who fails to file any such report, shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor under 15 Del. C. § 8043(c).
9.2 Late Reports. Pursuant to 15 Del. C. Sec. 8044 any candidate, political committee, or other person that fails to file a report required may be fined by the Commissioner $50 per month, or fraction thereof, that such report is tardy in delivery to the Commissioner. Any person so fined shall have the opportunity within 30 days of the assessment of the fine to show cause to the Commissioner why the tardiness was due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect. Such fines are a debt owed to the State and recoverable against the committee, its treasurer or, in the case of a candidate committee, the candidate, or in the case of an independent expenditure, the person making such expenditure. The assessment of a fine by the Commissioner does not preclude the Commissioner from referring cases of failure to file to the Attorney General for possible criminal prosecution.
10.1 Any reporting party who fails to file or deliver to the Commissioner any report required under this chapter shall be assessed a fine by the Commissioner of $50 for each day that such report is tardy. In the event any report required under this chapter shall be incomplete, such report shall be deemed tardy for purposes of this section. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a reporting party shall be entitled to an automatic, 1-time 24-hour extension hereunder, provided such party notifies the Commissioner in writing thereof no later than the filing deadline for such report.
10.2 In the event a report is incomplete or otherwise tardy, the Commissioner shall immediately notify the reporting party thereof in writing. Such notice shall state that a fine is being assessed for each late day, and to the extent applicable, shall also specify why such report is incomplete. Upon receipt of such notice, the reporting party shall have 30 days to appeal such fine in writing to the Commissioner. In the event of an appeal, the reporting party shall have the opportunity to show the Commissioner that such tardiness is due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect. If the Commissioner determines that such tardiness is not due to reasonable cause, or the reporting party fails to timely file an appeal, such fine shall constitute a debt due and owing the State, assessable by the Commissioner and recoverable against the reporting party.
10.3 If a tardy report is not filed or corrected within 30 days following: (a) a determination by the Commissioner that such tardiness is not due to reasonable cause; or (b) the expiration of the appeal period set forth in .2, then the Commissioner shall notify the Office of the Attorney General that the reporting party has failed to file such report.
Any person may apply to the Commissioner for a ruling that applies 15 Del.C. Ch. 80 to a particular set of facts specified by the person. Such requests must be in writing and signed by the requestor. The Commissioner will issue such ruling in writing with copies available to the public, except that the identity of that person that requested the ruling will not be disclosed without the person's consent. Copies of such rulings will be distributed in accordance with 15 Del.C. §8041.
All reports made to the Commissioner and all rulings made by the Commissioner shall be public and open for inspection and copying at reasonable cost by the public, except that the identity of the candidate or committee requesting a ruling pursuant to Section 8041(2) shall not be disclosed without the candidate's or committee's consent.
These regulations are in addition to and interpretive of the requirements of 15 Del.C. Ch. 80, and do not excuse any person from the obligation to comply with the provisions of that statute.