H. R. 4527
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 27, 2010
Mr. Driehaus introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration
To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require certain campaign-related communications paid for by a corporation or labor organization to include a statement identifying the chief executive officer of the corporation or the president of the labor organization, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Corporate and Labor Electioneering
Advertisement Reform Act or the
Statements Included in Campaign-Related Communications Funded by Corporations or Labor Organizations
Requiring Statement Identifying Head of Corporation or Organization
Section 318(d) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 441d(d)) is amended—
in paragraph (2),
Any communication and inserting
provided in paragraph (3), any communication; and
by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
Special rules for communications paid for by corporations or labor organizations
Disclosure statement required
Any communication described in paragraph (3) of subsection (a) which is a corporate communication or a labor organization communication and which is transmitted through radio or television shall include, in addition to the requirements of that paragraph, the disclosure statement described in subparagraph (C).
Method of conveyance of statement
Communications transmitted through radio
In the case of a communication to which this paragraph applies which is transmitted through radio, the disclosure statement described in subparagraph (C) shall be made by audio in a clearly spoken manner by the applicable individual.
Communications transmitted through television
In the case of a communication to which this paragraph applies which is transmitted through television, the disclosure statement described in subparagraph (C) shall be conveyed by an unobscured, full-screen view of the applicable individual, or by the applicable individual making the statement in voice-over accompanied by a clearly identifiable photograph or similar image of the individual. The statement, together with a clearly readable logo of the corporation or labor organization (as the case may be), if any, shall also appear in writing at the end of the communication in a clearly readable manner with a reasonable degree of color contrast between the background and the printed statement and logo, for a period of at least 4 seconds.
Disclosure statement described
The disclosure statement described in this
subparagraph is the following:
I am _______, and _______ paid for this
advertisement and approves its contents., with—
the first blank to be filled in with the name and title of the applicable individual; and
the second blank to the filled in with the name of the corporation (in the case of a corporate communication) or the name of the labor organization (in the case of a labor organization communication).
In this paragraph—
the term applicable individual means the chief executive officer of a corporation (with respect to a corporate communication) or the highest ranking officer of a labor organization (with respect to a labor organization communication);
the term corporate communication means a communication paid for in whole or in part by a corporation, other than a communication paid for in whole by a separate segregated fund established by a corporation under section 316(b)(2)(C); and
the term labor organization communication means a communication paid for in whole or in part by a labor organization, other than a communication paid for in whole by a separate segregated fund established by a labor organization under section 316(b)(2)(C).
The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to communications made on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.