H.R. 3128 (104th): To make it unlawful to send lobbying communications to Congress which are fraudulent.

104th Congress, 1995–1996. Text as of Mar 20, 1996 (Introduced).

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HR 3128 IH

104th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3128

To make it unlawful to send lobbying communications to Congress which are fraudulent.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 20, 1996

Mr. FLANAGAN (for himself and Mr. DINGELL) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To make it unlawful to send lobbying communications to Congress which are fraudulent.

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

SECTION 1. FRAUDULENT LOBBYING COMMUNICATIONS.

    (a) PROVISION- Whoever--

      (1) with the intent to influence action by a House of Congress or any Member of Congress on any nomination or legislation;

      (2) engages in any conduct whereby a purported communication of the opinion of an identified individual respecting such action is made to a Member of Congress in any telegram, letter, or electronic communication; and

      (3) knows that such individual did not in fact authorize such communication;

    shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $50,000. For purposes of this section, the term ‘nomination or legislation’ means any nomination pending before the Senate or any legislation being considered by either House of Congress or a committee of either House of Congress.

    (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- Subsection (a) shall take effect 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.