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...political committee may contribute to a candidate in a congressional election, and for other purposes.

This bill was introduced on October 11, 1995, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Oct 11, 1995 (Introduced).

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HR 2471 IH

104th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2471

To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to reduce the amount that a nonparty multicandidate political committee may contribute to a candidate in a congressional election, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 11, 1995

Mr. TORKILDSEN (for himself and Mrs. FOWLER) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Oversight


A BILL

To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to reduce the amount that a nonparty multicandidate political committee may contribute to a candidate in a congressional election, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION. 1. REDUCTION IN AMOUNT THAT A NONPARTY MULTICANDIDATE POLITICAL COMMITTEE MAY CONTRIBUTE TO A CANDIDATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION.

    Section 315(a)(2)(A) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(2)(A)) is amended by inserting after ‘$5,000’ the following: ‘, except that, with respect to an election for the office of Senator or Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress, the limitation applicable to a nonparty multicandidate political committee under this subparagraph shall be $1,000’.

SEC. 2. CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION LIMITATION ON CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PERSONS OTHER THAN IN-STATE INDIVIDUAL RESIDENTS.

    Section 315 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 441a) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ‘(i)(1) A candidate for the office of Senator or Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress may not, with respect to a reporting period for an election, accept contributions from persons other than in-State individual residents that, in total, are equal to or greater than the total of contributions accepted from in-State individual residents.

    ‘(2) The exceptions relating to the name and address of a person making a contribution of $50 or less and the date of such contribution, as contained in subsection (b)(1), subsection (b)(2)(A), and subsection (c)(2) of section 302, shall not apply to contributions with respect to elections for the office of Senator or Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress.

    ‘(3) As used in this subsection, the term ‘in-State individual resident’ means an individual who resides in the State in which the election involved is held.’.

SEC. 3. PROHIBITION OF CASH CONTRIBUTIONS IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS.

    Section 321 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 441g), is amended by striking out ‘which, in the aggregate, exceed $100,’.

SEC. 4. PROHIBITION OF INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES WITHIN 7 DAYS BEFORE A CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION.

    Section 315 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 441a), as amended by section 2, is further amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ‘(j) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, during the period beginning 7 days before the date of an election for the office of Senator or Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress, and ending on the date of the election, no person may make any independent expenditure with respect to the election.’.

SEC. 5. PROHIBITION ON CONTRIBUTIONS BETWEEN MULTICANDIDATE POLITICAL COMMITTEES.

    Section 315 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 441a), as amended by sections 2 and 4, is further amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ‘(k) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, a multicandidate political committee may not make a contribution to another multicandidate political committee.’.

SEC. 6. MULTICANDIDATE POLITICAL COMMITTEE NAME REQUIREMENT.

    Section 303 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 433) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ‘(e) Any multicandidate political committee that is affiliated with another organization shall include the entire name of the organization in the name of the multicandidate political committee.’.

SEC. 7. PROHIBITION OF BUNDLING.

    Section 315(a)(8) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(8)) is amended to read as follows:

    ‘(8) No person may make a contribution through an intermediary or conduit, except that a person may facilitate a contribution by providing--

      ‘(A) advice to another person as to how the other person may make a contribution; and

      ‘(B) addressed mailing material or similar items to another person for use by the other person in making a contribution.’.

SEC. 8. REQUIREMENT FOR DISCLOSURE OF LOBBYIST STATUS BY LOBBYISTS WHO MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS.

    Section 315 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 441a), as amended by sections 2, 4, and 5, is further amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ‘(l) Any person who is a lobbyist and who makes a contribution shall include with the contribution a statement in writing that discloses the status of the person as a lobbyist.’.

SEC. 9. REPORTING REQUIREMENT FOR LOBBYISTS.

    Section 304 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 434) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ‘(d)(1) Not later than 20 days after the end of the month in which a lobbyist makes a contribution, the lobbyist, in such form and manner as the Commission shall prescribe by regulation, shall report the contribution to the Commission.’.

SEC. 10. REPORTING REQUIREMENT FOR OUT-OF-STATE CONTRIBUTIONS IN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ELECTIONS.

    Section 304 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 434), as amended by section 9, is further amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ‘(e) Any report of contributions with respect to an election for the office of Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress, shall segregate and itemize all out-of-State contributions.’.

SEC. 11. BAN ON SOFT MONEY.

    Section 315 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 441a), as amended by sections 2, 4, 5, and 8, is further amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ‘(m)(1) It shall be unlawful for the purpose of influencing any election to Federal office--

      ‘(A) to solicit or receive any soft money; or

      ‘(B) to make any payments from soft money.

    ‘(2) For purposes of paragraph (1), the term ‘soft money’ means any amount--

      ‘(A) solicited or received from a source which is prohibited under section 316(a);

      ‘(B) contributed, solicited, or received in excess of the contribution limits under section 315; or

      ‘(C) not subject to the recordkeeping, reporting, or disclosure requirements under section 304 or any other provision of this Act.’.

SEC. 12. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to elections beginning with the general election on November 5, 1996.