Prohibits candidates from authorizing more than one political committee for any one election.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to prohibiting candidates from authorizing more than one political committee for any one election
PURPOSE: This bill is designed to increase the transparency of candidate fundraising and expenditures by limiting to one the number of authorized committees a candidate may have.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Amends Election Law section 14-112 subdivision 1 to require that political committees supporting the election of a candidate must file a sworn, verified statement by the committee treasurer and the candidate stating that the candidate has authorized the committee to support his or her election, or a sworn, verified statement by the committee treasurer that the candidate has not authorized the committee to support his election. It further amends subdivision 2 to prohibit a candidate from authorizing more than one committee for any election, and requires that if a candidate has more than one authorized committee on December 1, 2012, within thirty days the candidate must disavow all but one such committee in writing to the state board of elections.
Section 2: Provides that the Act takes effect sixty days after it becomes a law.
EXISTING LAW: Under the existing law, a candidate is not subject to any limit on the number of committees he or she may have, and the treasurer of the committee is only required to file a sworn, verified statement that the candidate has authorized the political committee, or has not.
JUSTIFICATION: The current law encourages a candidate to have a multiplicity of committees and makes it easier to conceal the money raised and spent.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: S.5546 - Passed Elections; Passed Codes; Advanced to Third Reading Calendar.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect on the sixtieth day after becoming a law, with provisions.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1568--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 10, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. ADDABBO, KRUEGER, OPPENHEIMER, PERALTA, SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections -- recommitted to the Committee on Elections in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to prohibiting candidates from authorizing more than one political committee for any one election THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 14-112 of the election law, as amended by chapter 930 of the laws of 1981, is amended to read as follows: S 14-112.
[Political]AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE; POLITICAL committee authorization statement. 1. Any political committee aiding or taking part in the election or nomination of any candidate [, other than by making contributions,]shall file, in the office in which the statements of such committee are to be filed pursuant to this article, either a sworn verified statement by the treasurer of such committee AND THE CANDIDATE that [the]SUCH candidate has authorized the political commit- tee to aid or take part in his OR HER election or A SWORN VERIFIED STATEMENT BY THE TREASURER OF SUCH COMMITTEE that the candidate has not authorized the committee to aid or take part in his OR HER election. 2. NO CANDIDATE MAY AUTHORIZE MORE THAN ONE POLITICAL COMMITTEE FOR ANY ONE ELECTION. ANY CANDIDATE WHO, ON DECEMBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWELVE, HAS AUTHORIZED MORE THAN ONE POLITICAL COMMITTEE FOR ANY ONE ELECTION SHALL, NOT LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER SAID DATE, DISAVOW ALL BUT ONE OF SUCH COMMITTEES, IN WRITING, TO THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS. THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE AUTHORIZATION OF AN EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE BY AN ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIAL. A MULTI-CANDIDATE COMMITTEE MAY NOT BE AN AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00073-02-2 S. 1568--A 2
3. CAMPAIGN FUNDS REMAINING IN ANY DISAVOWED COMMITTEE SHALL BE DISPOSED OF PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that the state board of elections shall notify all candidates and political committees of the applicable provisions of this act within thirty days after this act shall have become a law.