(a) During the period beginning on the 30th day before the date a regular legislative session convenes and continuing through the 20th day after the date of final adjournment, a person may not knowingly make a political contribution to:
(1) a statewide officeholder;
(2) a member of the legislature; or
(3) a specific-purpose committee for supporting, opposing, or assisting a statewide officeholder or member of the legislature.
(b) A statewide officeholder, a member of the legislature, or a specific-purpose committee for supporting, opposing, or assisting a statewide officeholder or member of the legislature may not knowingly accept a political contribution, and shall refuse a political contribution that is received, during the period prescribed by Subsection (a). A political contribution that is received and refused during that period shall be returned to the contributor not later than the 30th day after the date of receipt. A contribution made by United States mail or by common or contract carrier is not considered received during that period if it was properly addressed and placed with postage or carrier charges prepaid or prearranged in the mail or delivered to the contract carrier before the beginning of the period. The date indicated by the post office cancellation mark or the common or contract carrier documents is considered to be the date the contribution was placed in the mail or delivered to the common or contract carrier unless proven otherwise.
(c) This section does not apply to a political contribution that was made and accepted with the intent that it be used:
(1) in an election held or ordered during the period prescribed by Subsection (a) in which the person accepting the contribution is a candidate if the contribution was made after the person appointed a campaign treasurer with the appropriate authority and before the person was sworn in for that office;
(2) to defray expenses incurred in connection with an election contest; or
(3) by a person who holds a state office or a member of the legislature if the person or member was defeated at the general election held immediately before the session is convened or by a specific-purpose political committee that supports or assists only that person or member.
(d) This section does not apply to a political contribution made to or accepted by a holder of an office to which Subchapter F 1 applies.
(e) A person who violates this section commits an offense. An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Texas Election Code - ELEC § 253.034. Restrictions on Contributions During and Following Regular Legislative Session - last updated April 14, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/tx/election-code/elec-sect-253-034.html
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