Currently, candidates can use campaign funds for a broad and disparate range of expenses, from graduation gifts to wine and meals. The Federal Election Commission has previously concluded that childcare, if the need for childcare arises as a result of campaign activities, can additionally be a permissible usage of campaign funding. Although the balancing of family and politics is always difficult, it is a particular burden for female candidates, and this legislation would further promote involvement in democracy for a more diverse group of candidates. We supported this bill which would essentially codify the FEC decision into Rhode Island election law.
Use of Campaign Funds for Childcare (S 2273)
Senator Gayle Goldin
Passed Senate, Died in House