A fundraising ban during the legislative session may be broadened or even lifted in the wake of Georgia’s shift to a May 20 federal primary next year, with changes also possible to required campaign disclosures.
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FUNDRAISING LAWS IN OTHER STATES
A 2011 study by the National Conference of State Legislatures found that 29 states placed restrictions on campaign fundraising during legislative sessions. Some states only banned giving by lobbyists, their clients or political committees. Others, like Georgia, had a general ban. States that matched Georgia’s prohibition on giving during the session included Alabama, Florida, Maryland, Virginia and Washington.
There are important, subtle differences, however. According to NCSL, the Alabama ban on fundraising applied to any candidate, not just incumbents.