The commission may undertake audits and investigations to determine whether a person has violated this chapter, chapter 14 or the rules of the commission. For this purpose, the commission may subpoena witnesses and records whether located
within or without the State and take evidence under oath. A person or entity that
fails to obey the lawful subpoena of the commission or to testify before it under
oath must be punished by the Superior Court for contempt upon application by the Attorney
General on behalf of the commission. The Attorney General may apply on behalf of the commission to the Superior Court or
to a court of another state to enforce compliance with a subpoena issued to a nonresident
person. Service of any subpoena issued by the commission may be accomplished by:
A. Delivering a duly executed copy of the notice to the person to be served or to a partner
or to any officer or agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service
of process on behalf of that person; [2013, c. 162, §1 (NEW).]
B. Delivering a duly executed copy of the notice to the principal place of business in
this State of the person to be served; or [2013, c. 162, §1 (NEW).]
C. Mailing by registered or certified mail a duly executed copy of the notice, addressed
to the person to be served, to the person's principal place of business. [2013, c. 162, §1 (NEW).]
2013, c. 162, §1 (AMD)
A person may apply in writing to the commission requesting an investigation as described in subsection 1. The commission shall review the application and shall make the investigation if
the reasons stated for the request show sufficient grounds for believing that a violation
may have occurred.
2011, c. 389, §4 (AMD)
2001, c. 535, §1 (RP)
The State Auditor shall assist the commission in making investigations and in other
phases of the commission's duties under this chapter, as requested by the commission,
and has all necessary powers to carry out these responsibilities.
1999, c. 426, §31 (AMD)
Investigative working papers of the commission are confidential, except that the commission may disclose them to the subject of the audit or investigation, other entities as necessary for the conduct
of an audit or investigation and law enforcement and other agencies for purposes of
reporting, investigating or prosecuting a criminal or civil violation. For purposes
of this subsection, "investigative working papers" means documents, records and other
printed or electronic information in the following limited categories that are acquired,
prepared or maintained by the commission during the conduct of an audit, investigation or other enforcement matter:
A. Financial information not normally available to the public; [2007, c. 571, §6 (NEW).]
B. Information that, if disclosed, would reveal sensitive political or campaign information belonging to a party committee, political action committee, ballot question committee,
candidate or candidate's political committee, or other person who is the subject of
an audit, investigation or other enforcement matter, even if the information is in
the possession of a vendor or 3rd party; [2013, c. 470, §1 (AMD).]
C. Information or records subject to a privilege against discovery or use as evidence;
and [2007, c. 571, §6 (NEW).]
D. Intra-agency or interagency communications related to an audit or investigation, including any record of an interview, meeting or examination. [2013, c. 470, §1 (AMD).]
The commission may disclose investigative working papers or discuss them at a public meeting, except for the information or records subject to a privilege against discovery or
use as evidence, if the information or record is materially relevant to a finding of fact, violation or other decision by the commission concerning an audit, investigation or other enforcement
2013, c. 470, §1 (AMD)
Upon the request of the commission, the Attorney General shall aid in any investigation,
provide advice, examine any witnesses before the commission or otherwise assist the
commission in the performance of its duties. The commission shall refer any apparent
violations of this chapter to the Attorney General for prosecution.
2001, c. 470, §5 (AMD)
1985, c. 161, §6 (NEW).
1989, c. 504, §§1,31 (AMD).
1991, c. 839, §1 (AMD).
1991, c. 839, §34 (AFF).
1999, c. 426, §31 (AMD).
2001, c. 237, §1 (AMD).
2001, c. 470, §5 (AMD).
2001, c. 535, §1 (AMD).
2005, c. 301, §5 (AMD).
2007, c. 571, §6 (AMD).
2009, c. 524, §4 (AMD).
2011, c. 389, §§3, 4 (AMD).
2013, c. 162, §1 (AMD).
2013, c. 470, §1 (AMD).
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