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Secretary of state releases names of candidates, PACs late filing finance reports

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Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill on Thursday released the names of the 111 candidates and Political Action Committees that have failed to meet deadlines to turn in annual financial reports. 

“Our team works diligently each and every day to see that those campaigning for public office and those who are elected and responsible for spending taxpayer dollars are transparent with and accountable to the people of our state,” Merrill said in a statement. 

The Alabama Fair Campaign Practices Act requires that PACs and candidates file annual reports by January 31 detailing contributions and expenditures for the previous year. 

More than 2,500 candidates and PACs were required to file their 2019 Annual Report by January 31, but as of Thursday  111 hadn’t done so. 

“Since February of 2020, the Secretary of State’s Office attempted to notify each committee listed as a delinquent filer in the FCPA system. Notice was delivered to each committee by phone, mail, or email if possible,” Merrill’s office said in a press release. 

“Our team works diligently each and every day to see that those campaigning for public office and those who are elected and responsible for spending taxpayer dollars are transparent with and accountable to the people of our state,” stated Secretary of State John H. Merrill.

As of Wednesday $216,708 in penalties had been collected from delinquent filers for the 2018 election cycle and deposited in the state’s general fund, according to the press release. 

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The full list of candidates and PACs not in compliance with the annual reporting requirement can be found here.

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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