Amending the Definition of Committee

H.3187  aims to rectify a constitutional issue in South Carolina’s code. Due to a 2010 court ruling which found South Carolina’s definition of “ committee” unconstitutional, the state is without a legal definition on the matter. This bill would apply a legal definition of a “committee” – that is, political action committee or PAC – to a group or individual that has the “major purpose” of nominating, electing, or defeating a candidate, or promoting or defeating a ballot measure. This is important for two reasons: 1) because the Supreme Court has ruled that the definition of committee “need only encompass organizations that are under the control of a candidate or the major purpose of which is the nomination or election of a candidate”, and 2) because committees are subject to certain public disclosure requirements.

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