H.R. 2638 (104th): To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to lower the maximum amount of contributions a ...

...multicandidate political committee may make to a House of Representatives candidate, and for other purposes.

104th Congress, 1995–1996. Text as of Nov 15, 1995 (Introduced).

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HR 2638 IH

104th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2638

To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to lower the maximum amount of contributions a multicandidate political committee may make to a House of Representatives candidate, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 15, 1995

Mr. BLUTE 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 lower the maximum amount of contributions a multicandidate political committee may make to a House of Representatives candidate, 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 LIMITATION AMOUNT APPLICABLE TO CONTRIBUTIONS BY A MULTICANDIDATE POLITICAL COMMITTEE TO A HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CANDIDATE.

    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 in the case of an election for the office of Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress, the limitation shall be $1,000.’.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES GENERAL ELECTION CONTRIBUTIONS IN NONELECTION YEARS.

    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) A candidate for the office of Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress may not solicit or accept any contribution in an odd-numbered year with respect to a general election for such office or any primary election relating to the general election.’.

SEC. 3. BAN ON SOFT MONEY.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Title III of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 431 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

‘LIMITATIONS AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR AMOUNTS PAID FOR MIXED POLITICAL ACTIVITIES

    ‘SEC. 323. (a) Any payment by the national committee of a political party or a State committee of a political party for a mixed political activity--

      ‘(1) shall be subject to limitation and reporting under this Act as if such payment were an expenditure; and

      ‘(2) may be paid only from an account that is subject to the requirements of this Act.

    ‘(b) As used in this section, the term ‘mixed political activity’ means, with respect to a payment by the national committee of a political party or a State committee of a political party, an activity, such as a voter registration program, a get-out-the-vote drive, or general political advertising, that is both (1) for the purpose of influencing an election for Federal office, and (2) for any purpose unrelated to influencing an election for Federal office.’.

    (b) REPEAL OF BUILDING FUND EXCEPTION TO THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM ‘CONTRIBUTION’- Section 301(8)(B) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 431(8)(B)) is amended--

      (1) by striking out clause (viii); and

      (2) by redesignating clauses (ix) through (xiv) as clauses (viii) through (xiii), respectively.

SEC. 4. VOLUNTARY EXPENDITURE LIMITATION FOR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ELECTIONS.

    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) In such form and manner as the Commission may prescribe, each candidate for the office of Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress in a general election or a primary election for such office shall be given the opportunity to comply with a voluntary expenditure limitation of $600,000 with respect to the general election and any primary election relating to the general election. In the case of a candidate who declines to comply with the voluntary limitation, the limitation under subsection (a)(1)(A) shall be $250.’.

SEC. 5. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ELECTION LIMITATION ON CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PERSONS OTHER THAN IN-STATE RESIDENTS.

    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)(1) A candidate for the office of 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 residents totaling in excess of one-half of the total of contributions accepted with respect to the reporting period.

    ‘(2) As used in this subsection, the term ‘in-State resident’ means an individual who resides in the State in which the congressional district involved is located.’.

SEC. 6. PROHIBITION OF FRANKED MASS MAILINGS BY MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN ELECTION YEARS.

    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, or any rule or other authority, a Member of the House of Representatives may not make any franked mass mailing in an even-numbered year. As used in this section--

      (1) the term ‘mass mailing’ has the meaning given that term in section 3210 of title 39, United States Code; and

      (2) the term ‘Member of the House of Representatives’ means a Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress.

SEC. 7. ELIMINATION OF CARRY-OVER OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS BETWEEN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ELECTIONS.

    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) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, if after satisfying all financial obligations with respect to a general election and any primary election relating to the general election, a candidate for the office of Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress has a campaign account balance, the candidate shall, at the option of the candidate, return the excess funds to contributors, donate the excess funds to charity, or deposit the excess funds in the Treasury for reduction of the national debt. No excess funds may be carried forward or used for any other purpose.’.