“In response to questions received from several individuals and organizations, this Office has advised that no fundraising may be conducted by members of the General Assembly until May 15, 2020 per T.C.A. 2-10-310(a)(1) & (b) (now the earliest date under the statute since the General Assembly is in recess and plans to return on June 1, 2020, and this is an even year). Furthermore, because of the restriction on employers of lobbyists and PACs controlled by employers of lobbyists under T.C.A. 3-6-304(i), those entities cannot make contributions to “a candidate for the office of governor or member of the general assembly during any regular annual session.” Since the current session is merely in recess and not completely adjourned for the year, these entities cannot make contributions to General Assembly members until this session is officially closed and adjourned.
The below bullet points are a helpful reference:
- From today through the adjournment of session, members cannot accept contributions from employers of lobbyists and PACs controlled by employers of lobbyists. On and after May 15, members can accept contributions from individuals (other than registered lobbyists), other candidates (who are not registered lobbyists), businesses that do not employ lobbyists, and PACs that that are not controlled by an employer of a lobbyist (ex: member leadership PACs).
- Following the adjournment of session, members can fundraise from all permissible sources.
Finally, the statutes this Office regulates only address restrictions on campaign fundraising during a session of the General Assembly, these statutes do not restrict a member from actually campaigning for office during session.”
General Assembly members; the Governor; the Governor’s cabinet and cabinet-level staff; and the constitutional officers are required to file the Statement by April 15 each year. [T.C.A. § 2-10-128]
Members of the Supreme Court; members of the court of criminal appeals; members of the court of appeals; each delegate to a constitutional convention; the attorney general; district attorneys general and public defenders for each judicial district; the administrative director of the courts; the executive director of the district attorneys general conference; the state election coordinator; members of the board of probation and parole; members and the executive director of the alcoholic beverage commission; the chancellor of the board of regents and the president of each institution governed by the board of regents; the president of each university governed by a state university board; the president of the University of Tennessee and the chancellor of each separate branch or campus of the University of Tennessee; members of the registry of election finance; members of the Tennessee ethics commission; and local elected officials are required to file the Statement by January 31 of each year. [T.C.A. § 8-50-504]
Candidates for all of the above mentioned offices that are elective are required to file the Statement no later than 30 days after the last day to qualify as a candidate. (See Question #4.)
Appointees to any of the above offices are required to file the Statement within 30 days from the date of appointment. The appointing authority is required to notify the Commission of any such appointment within three days of appointment. [T.C.A. § 8-50-501(b)] If the office falls under the April 15 deadline, the appointee should file the ss-8004 form. Likewise, if the office falls under the January 31 deadline, the appointee should file the ss-8005.
The Statement may be filed electronically (https://apps.tn.gov/conflict/) or by paper. You can download the form from the Commission’s website (http://www.tn.gov/tec/) or contact (615-741-7959) the Commission to have the form mailed to you. If filing by paper, the Statement should be mailed to the Commission at 404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 104, Nashville, TN 37243.
The Statement of Interest is not a campaign finance disclosure. It is a personal statement of disclosure. You are required to identify information such as sources of income, investments, etc. You should never enter monetary amounts, account numbers, or social security numbers on the Statement. That information is not required.
No, if you are running for the same office you are not required to file twice in one year.
No, it does not. However, it does require a witness. The witness should be a person other than the filer.
The Commission has the authority to impose civil penalties against a required filer for failing to file a
Statement on time and ignoring subsequent warnings to file. [T.C.A. § 8-50-505]
CLASS ONE (1) OFFENSES. The Commission may impose class one (1) civil penalties of $25 a day up to a maximum of $750 for the late filing of any Statement of Interest required to be filed with the Commission. The law sets specific procedures that must be followed whenever the Commission discovers that a Statement has not been filed [T.C.A. § 3-6-205(a)(1)]
The Commission must notify the filer by personal service or by return receipt required mail that the report has not been received and that civil penalties of $25 a day will begin to accrue five days after receipt of the notice until the report is filed or for thirty days, whichever occurs first. [T.C.A. §3-6-205(a)(1)(A)]
Civil penalties will not be assessed if the Statement is filed within that five-day grace period.
CLASS TWO (2) OFFENSES. The Commission also has the authority to impose civil penalties of up to$10,000. A class two offense is the failure to file a report within thirty five days of service of notice.[T.C.A. § 3-6-205(a)(2)]
The law requires the Commission to send an assessment letter to the filer before any class two (2) civil penalties are imposed by the Commission, advising the filer of the factual basis of the violation, the maximum penalty and the date that a response must be filed. [T.C.A. § 3-6-205(a)(2)(A)]
CONTESTED PENALTIES. To appeal any penalty imposed by the Commission, a person must file a petition with the Commission. [T.C.A. §3-6-205(a)(2)(B).
A candidate for state public office who fails to file the Statement shall be ineligible to qualify for election to any state public office until the statement is filed with the Commission. [T.C.A. § 3-6-205(b)]