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S. 558 (114th): Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 15, 2015 (Reported by Senate Committee).


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Calendar No. 119

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 558

[Report No. 114–65]

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 25, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Ayotte, and Mr. Booker) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

June 15, 2015

Reported by , without amendment

A BILL

To amend title 44, United States Code, to require information on contributors to Presidential library fundraising organizations, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2015.

2.

Presidential libraries

(a)

In general

Section 2112 of title 44, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(h)

Presidential library fundraising organization reporting requirement

(1)

Definitions

In this subsection:

(A)

Contribution

The term contribution means a contribution or contributions made by an individual or entity to a Presidential library fundraising organization totaling not less than $200 (whether monetary or in-kind) in a single calendar quarter.

(B)

Presidential library fundraising organization

The term Presidential library fundraising organization means an organization established to raise funds to create, maintain, expand, or conduct activities at—

(i)

a Presidential archival depository; or

(ii)

any facility relating to a Presidential archival depository.

(2)

Reporting requirement

(A)

In general

During the period beginning on the date of enactment of this subsection, and ending on the date described in subparagraph (B), and not later than 15 days after the end of each calendar quarter, each Presidential library fundraising organization shall submit to the Archivist, in a searchable and sortable electronic format, information on each contribution made during that quarter, which shall include—

(i)

the amount or value of the contribution;

(ii)

the source of the contribution, including the address of the individual or entity that is the source of the contribution;

(iii)

if the source of the contribution is an individual, the occupation of the individual; and

(iv)

the date of the contribution.

(B)

Duration of reporting requirement

The date described in this subparagraph is the later of—

(i)

the date on which the Archivist accepts, takes title to, or enters into an agreement to use any land or facility for the Presidential archival depository for the President for whom the Presidential library fundraising organization was established; and

(ii)

the date on which the President whose archives are contained in the Presidential archival depository for whom the Presidential library fundraising organization was established no longer holds the Office of President.

(C)

Information required to be published

Not later than 30 days after each submission under subparagraph (A), the Archivist shall publish the information submitted on the website of the National Archives and Records Administration, without a fee or other access charge, in a searchable, sortable, and downloadable format.

(3)

Prohibition on the submission of false material information

(A)

Individual

(i)

Prohibition

It shall be unlawful for any person who makes a contribution to knowingly and willfully submit materially false information or omit material information with respect to the contribution.

(ii)

Penalty

Any person who commits an offense described in clause (i) shall be punished as provided under section 1001 of title 18.

(B)

Organization

(i)

Prohibition

It shall be unlawful for any Presidential library fundraising organization to knowingly and willfully submit materially false information or omit material information required to be submitted under paragraph (2)(A).

(ii)

Penalty

Any Presidential library fundraising organization that commits an offense described in clause (i) shall be punished as provided under section 1001 of title 18.

(4)

Prohibition on certain contributions

(A)

In general

It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly and willfully—

(i)

make a contribution in the name of another person;

(ii)

allow the name of the person to be used by another person to effect a contribution; or

(iii)

accept a contribution that is made by 1 person in the name of another person.

(B)

Penalty

Any person who commits an offense described in subparagraph (A) shall be punished as provided under section 309(d) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30109(d)) in the same manner as if the offense were a violation of section 316(b)(3) of such Act (52 U.S.C. 30118(b)(3)).

(5)

Regulations

The Archivist shall promulgate regulations for the purpose of carrying out this subsection.

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(b)

Applicability of amendments

(1)

Definitions

In this subsection, the terms contribution and Presidential library fundraising organization have the meanings given those terms in section 2112(h) of title 44, United States Code (as added by subsection (a)).

(2)

Applicability

Section 2112(h) of title 44, United States Code (as added by subsection (a)) shall apply—

(A)

to a Presidential library fundraising organization established before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act; and

(B)

with respect to a contribution made after the date of enactment of this Act.

June 15, 2015

Reported without amendment