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S. 3165: Zeroing Out Money for Buying Influence after Elections (ZOMBIE) Act

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Zombies want brains. The ZOMBIE Act deals with zombies who want influence.


Politicians running for federal office maintain official campaign accounts and sometimes also leadership PACs, which can be used to fund additional expenses prohibited by campaign accounts themselves. (Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership PAC is called PAC to the Future. Seriously.)

The problem is after a politician leaves office, regardless of whether they don’t seek reelection, they seek reelection but lose, or they resign. These affiliated organizations can then be continued for years, nicknamed “zombie accounts,” with the leftover money still eligible to be used. Sometimes the politicians become lobbyists and use that leftover money to buy influence with their former colleagues.

This is a bipartisan issue. The nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center issued a report calling out …

Sponsor and status

Michael Bennet

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Colorado. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 4, 2021
Length: 9 pages
Nov 4, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Nov 4, 2021

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1 Cosponsor (1 Democrat)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Nov 4, 2021

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S. 3165 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 3165. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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