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H.R. 1422: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our Elections Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 28, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 1422


February 28, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Weber of Texas, Ms. Brownley of California, Mr. Cooper, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Newhouse, and Mrs. Kirkpatrick) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration


To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit the acceptance by political committees of online contributions from certain unverified sources, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our Elections Act.


Requiring disclosure of credit verification value as condition of acceptance of online contributions to Federal election


In general

Section 302 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30102) is amended by adding at the end the following:


No political committee shall accept any Internet credit card contribution unless—


the individual or entity making such contribution is required, at the time such individual makes such contribution, to disclose the credit verification value of such credit card; and


the billing address associated with such credit card is located in the United States; or


in the case of a contribution made by an individual who is a United States citizen living outside of the United States, the individual provides the committee with the United States mailing address the individual uses for voter registration purposes.


Notwithstanding subsection (b) or (c), in the case of an Internet credit card contribution—


no later than 10 days after receiving the contribution, the person who receives the contribution shall forward to the treasurer such contribution, the name and address of the person making the contribution, and the date of receipt; and


the treasurer of a political committee shall keep an account of the name and address of any person making any such contribution, together with the date and amount of such contribution by any person.


In this subsection, the term Internet credit card contribution means a contribution that—


is made using a credit card; and


is received through an Internet website.



Effective Date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to contributions made after the expiration of the 180-day period which begins on the date of the enactment of this Act.