Public legislation on disclosure should adopt the following guideline: disclosure provisions should distinguish between routine party finances and electoral finances.
- Public legislation on disclosure should adopt the following guidelines: Disclosure provisions should distinguish between routine party finances and electoral finances.
- To ensure a transparent and fair campaign finance system, both routine political party financing and campaign financing must be considered in the legislation.
- The law should clearly establish timeframes for which campaign finance regulations are applicable, including dates for reporting and disclosure, and statutes of limitations for violations.
- Two essential elements of the internet are its instantaneity and its interactivity, which significantly affect the time frame established for the realisation of the electoral campaign. It would be interesting to reconsider the concept of soliciting votes, a process which is divided between periods of pre-campaign (or permanent campaign) and campaign. Similarly, the expediency of distinguishing between financing of campaigns and financing of political parties appears questionable.
- States should require political parties as well as independent candidates to keep records of all direct and in-kind contributions received in a campaign period. The law should set out precisely what kind of reporting is required, including the timeframe and method of public disclosure.