House passes campaign finance reform bill

Apr 5, 2017

House Minority Leader Corey Mock (D-Grand Forks).
Credit ND Legislature

Rep. Dan Ruby (R-Minot).
Credit ND Legislature

The House has passed a new campaign finance reporting bill.

It expands what candidates have to report to the Secretary of State to include campaign expenditures and the amount of contributions under that $200 threshold. Contributions over $200 are reported individually. It also prohibits a candidate form using campaign contributions for personal things.

"I hope that we as a Legislature give this strong support," said House Minority Leader Corey Mock (D-Grand Forks). "We will send a message to all North Dakotans that we are not afraid of a little sunlight."

But Rep. Dan Ruby (R-Minot) thought the bill went too far.

"Some of these provisions are just going to be more complicated, with more paperwork," Ruby said. "Really, who's even going to look at it? Not the general public. It'll be the opponents."

The bill passed 75 to 16. It goes back to the Senate to see if it concurs with House changes.