TITLE 17
Elections

CHAPTER 17-25.2
Ballot Question Advocacy and Reporting

SECTION 17-25.2-9


§ 17-25.2-9 Penalties for violation.

(a) Whenever the board of elections has reason to believe that a ballot-question advocate willfully and knowingly made a false statement in any report required under this chapter or failed to file any report, or has otherwise violated this chapter, the board of elections may, in addition to all other actions authorized by law, request the attorney general to bring an action in the name of the state of Rhode Island in the superior court against the person signing any such report and/or organization to enjoin them from continuing the violation, or doing any acts in furtherance of the violation, and for any other relief the court deems appropriate. In addition, the court may order the forfeiture of any and all contributions not reported in violation of this chapter.

(b) The court may also impose a civil penalty for any violation of this chapter up to but not exceeding three (3) times the amount of:

(1) Contributions and/or expenditures made or accepted in violation of this chapter; and/or

(2) Contributions or expenditures not reported as required by this chapter.

(c) All funds collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the fund established by the state for public information and education regarding the election process.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2006, ch. 174, § 2; P.L. 2006, ch. 292, § 2.)