Campaign Finance Advisory Opinions
Consistent with N.C.G.S. § 163-278.23, the executive director of the State Board of Elections, upon request, issues written advisory opinions about North Carolina’s campaign finance laws to candidates, the media, political committees, referendum committees and other entities. If an entity relies on and complies with a written advisory opinion issued by the executive director to the entity, then the entity may not be prosecuted or the subject of a civil action on account of the procedure followed.
Advisory opinions are published in the North Carolina Register and the North Carolina Administrative Code.
See the chart below for recent advisory opinions. All advisory opinions issued since 1998 can be found in the North Carolina Administrative Code.
|WO-2019-11-12||November 12, 2019||Karen Brinson Bell, Executive Director||Abbie Lane||The use of contributions for the payment of a salary to the candidate|
|WO-2020-01-14||January 14, 2020||Karen Brinson Bell, Executive Director||Joshua Coffey/Alexander County REC||Approving sale and lease of a political party headquarters building|
|WO-2020-04-20||April 20, 2020||Karen Brinson Bell||Antoine Marshall||The use of contributions for childcare services|
|WO-2020-05-05||May 05, 2020||Karen Brinson Bell, Executive Director||Berkon and Weisman/Democratic Governors Association||Federal Independent Expenditure-Only Political Committee (Super PAC) Contributions|