H.R. 269: Fair Elections Now Act

Jan 15, 2013
Referred to Committee
1% chance of being enacted
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S. 2023 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Feb 12, 2014

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John Yarmuth
Representative for Kentucky's 3rd congressional district
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Jan 15, 2013
45 pages
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This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on January 15, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced Jan 15, 2013
Referred to Committee Jan 15, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed House ...
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Signed by the President ...

11% chance of getting past committee.
1% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To reform the financing of House elections, and for other purposes.


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68 cosponsors (67D, 1R) (show)

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Library of Congress Summary

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Fair Elections Now Act - Amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) with respect to:
candidate benefits of fair elections financing of House of Representatives election campaigns; allocations to candidates from the Fair Elections Fund established by this Act; 500% matching payments to candidates for certain small dollar contributions; Fund allocation eligibility requirements; certification of a federal election candidate as a participating candidate; contribution, expenditure, and fundraising requirements; a public debate requirement; remission to the Fair Elections Fund of unspent funds after an election; establishment of the Fair Elections Fund and of a Fair Elections Oversight Board; civil penalties for violation of contribution and expenditure requirements; and transfer of a portion of collected civil money penalties into the Fair Elections Fund. Prohibits:
(1) use of contributions by a participating candidate for any purposes other than an election campaign, and
(2) establishment of joint fundraising committees with any political committee other than a candidate's authorized committee.
Prescribes a limitation on coordinated expenditures by political party committees with participating candidates.
Amends FECA to empower the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to appeal a civil action.
Requires all designations, statements, and reports required to be filed under FECA to be filed: (1) directly with the FEC, and (2) in electronic form accessible by computers. Reduces from 48 hours to 24 hours after their receipt the deadline for the FEC to make designations, statements, reports, or notifications available to the public in the FEC office and on the Internet.

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