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H.R. 4443 (114th): Stop Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 3, 2016 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

“We sat behind closed doors at one of the party headquarters’ backrooms in front of a whiteboard where the equation was drawn out,” Rep. David Jolly (R-FL13) described to 60 Minutes. “You have six months until the election. Break that down to having to raise $2 million in the next six months, and your job, new member of Congress, is to raise $18,000 a day. Your first responsibility is to raise $18,000 a day.”

Jolly has introduced the bill H.R. 4443, the Stop Act, to combat this problem. It would prohibit federal politicians, notably Members of Congress, from personally soliciting contributions for any federal election activity.

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2d Session

H. R. 4443


February 3, 2016

(for himself, Mr. Mica, Mr. Jones, Mr. Nugent, Mr. Duffy, and Mr. Nolan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration


To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit individuals holding Federal office from directly soliciting contributions to or on behalf of any political committee under such Act, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stop Act.


Prohibiting direct solicitation of campaign contributions or funds for Federal election activity by Federal officeholders



Section 323(e) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30125(e)) is amended—


by redesignating paragraphs (2) through (4) as paragraphs (3) through (5), respectively; and


by inserting after paragraph (1) the following new paragraph:


Prohibiting direct solicitations for Federal election purposes by Federal officeholders



In addition to the prohibitions on soliciting funds set forth under paragraph (1), an individual holding Federal office shall not solicit funds directly from any person—


for or on behalf of any political committee; or


for or on behalf of any person for use for Federal election activity (as defined in section 301(20)).


Rule of construction regarding participation in fundraising events

Nothing in this paragraph may be construed to prohibit an individual holding Federal office from participating in a fundraising event, including planning or attending the event, speaking at the event, or serving as a featured guest at the event, so long as the individual does not engage in any written or verbal solicitation of funds in connection with the event.



Conforming amendment relating to attendance at State and local political party fundraising events

Section 323(e)(4) of such Act (52 U.S.C. 30125(e)(4)), as redesignated by subsection (a)(1), is amended—


by striking Notwithstanding paragraph (1) or subsection (b)(2)(C), and inserting Notwithstanding paragraph (1), paragraph (2), or subsection (b)(2)(C),; and


by striking the period at the end and inserting the following: , so long as, in the case of an individual holding Federal office, the individual does not engage in any written or verbal solicitation of funds in connection with the event..


Effective date

The amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to solicitations made on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.