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S. 484: Inaugural Committee Transparency Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 13, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 484

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 13, 2019

(for herself, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Markey, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Van Hollen, Ms. Warren, Mrs. Feinstein, and Mr. Udall) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To require additional disclosures relating to donations to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Inaugural Committee Transparency Act of 2019.

2.

Disclosure of certain donations to and spending by the Presidential Inaugural Committee

Section 510 of title 36, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b)—

(A)

in paragraph (1), by inserting , and disclosing any disbursement made in an amount equal to or greater than $200 and the purpose of each disbursement before the period at the end; and

(B)

in paragraph (2)—

(i)

in subparagraph (B), by striking and at the end;

(ii)

in subparagraph (C), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(iii)

by adding at the end the following:

(D)

for any disbursement in an amount equal to or greater than $200 that is made, including any such disbursement made after the end of the inaugural period—

(i)

the name and address of the person to whom the disbursement was made;

(ii)

the date on which the disbursement was made; and

(iii)

the total amount and purpose of the disbursement.

;

(2)

by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:

(c)

Prohibition

(1)

In general

It shall be unlawful—

(A)

for an Inaugural Committee to solicit, accept, or receive a donation from a foreign national;

(B)

for a person—

(i)

to make a donation to an Inaugural Committee in the name of another person, or to knowingly authorize his or her name to be used to effect such a donation; or

(ii)

to knowingly accept a donation to an Inaugural Committee made by a person in the name of another person;

(C)

for a foreign national to, directly or indirectly, make a donation, or make an express or implied promise to make a donation, to an Inaugural Committee; or

(D)

to convert a donation to an Inaugural Committee to personal use as described in paragraph (3).

(2)

Definition of foreign national

In this subsection, the term foreign national has the meaning given the term in section 319(b) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 441e(b)).

(3)

Conversion of donation to personal use

For purposes of paragraph (1)(D), a donation shall be considered to be converted to personal use if any part of the donated amount is used to fulfill a commitment, obligation, or expense of a person that would exist irrespective of the responsibilities of the Inaugural Committee.

; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(d)

Requirement

(1)

In general

Not later than the date that is 90 days after the date of the Presidential inaugural ceremony, the committee shall disburse any remaining donated funds to an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of such Code.

(2)

Extension

(A)

Request

Upon request from the Inaugural Committee, the Federal Election Commission may extend the 90-day period described in paragraph (1).

(B)

Supplemental report

In the case of an extension under subparagraph (A), the Inaugural Committee shall, not later than the last day of the extension period, file a supplement to the report required under subsection (b)(1).

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