WEST VIRGINIA CODE
WVC 3 - 8 - 2 A
§3-8-2a. Detailed accounts and verified financial statements for
certain inaugural events; limitations; reporting
(a) For purposes of this section:
(1) "Inaugural committee" includes any person, organization or
group of persons soliciting or receiving contributions for the
purpose of funding an inaugural event for a person elected to a
statewide public office; and
(2) "Inaugural event" means any event or events held between
the general election of a person elected to a statewide public
office and ninety days after the general election, whether the
event is sponsored by the inaugural committee or the state
political party committee representing the party of the person
elected and for which the person elected is a prominent participant
or for which solicitations of contributions include the name of the
person elected in prominent display.
(b) Any inaugural committee soliciting or receiving
contributions for the funding of all or any part of an inaugural
event for any person elected to a statewide office that receives an
individual contribution in excess of two hundred fifty dollars for
any such event shall file and retain detailed records of any such
(c) No person may contribute more than five thousand dollars
for any inaugural event. For purposes of this section,
"contribution" does not include volunteer personal services but does include in-kind contributions of materials or supplies.
(d) Any inaugural committee, financial agent or any person or
officer acting on behalf of such committee which is subject to the
provisions of this section shall file a verified financial
statement with the Secretary of State on a form prescribed by the
State Election Commission within ninety days of the event. The
financial statement shall contain information as may be required by
the provisions of this section relating to any contribution in
excess of two hundred fifty dollars. The Secretary of State shall
file and retain such statements as public records for a period of
not less than six years.
(e) In addition to any other information required by the State
Election Commission, the report of contributions required by the
provisions of this section shall include the methodology of the
fund raising, the nature of the expenditures made and the names,
addresses and amounts paid to any person.
(f) Amounts received by an inaugural committee for any person
elected to a statewide public office in excess of the amount
expended for an inaugural event may be contributed to any
educational, cultural or charitable organization, or to the
Governor's Mansion Fund created in section two, article four,
chapter five-a of this code. The inaugural committee shall, within
sixty days after filing the report required by subsection (d) of
this section, expend any excess moneys and report, on a form
prescribed by the Secretary of State, any amounts contributed to the Governor's Mansion Fund, any amounts contributed to
educational, cultural or charitable organizations and the names of
the organizations to which such excess moneys were contributed.
The Secretary of State shall file and retain such records as public
records for a period of not less than six years.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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