Bill S7186-2013

Relates to campaign contributions by intermediaries

Relates to campaign contributions by intermediaries.

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  • May 2, 2014: REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S7186

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to campaign contributions by intermediaries

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This legislation defines the term "intermediary" and requires that such person or entity be disclosed to the State Board of Elections when bundling contributions for a candidate or authorized committee.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 14 of the Election Law is amended to add a new definition for the term intermediary. In addition, subdivision 1 of section 14-102 of the Election Law is amended to add intermediary to the list of those persons or entities that must be disclosed on campaign contribution reports filed with a local or State Board of Elections. An exception from the new reporting requirement is created for those who host a "house party" where contributions less than $500 in the aggregate are collected.

JUSTIFICATION:

This bill enhances state campaign finance disclosure reporting requirements by making it necessary for said reports to now contain information about those who bundle contributions. Under current law this information need not be disclosed further inhibiting the public from determining how and from whom political candidates and committees receive contributions and funds.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect June 1, 2014.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7186 IN SENATE May 2, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sens. RIVERA, GIANARIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to campaign contributions by intermediaries THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 14-100 of the election law is amended by adding a new subdivision 15 to read as follows: 15. "INTERMEDIARY" MEANS AN INDIVIDUAL, CORPORATION, PARTNERSHIP, POLITICAL COMMITTEE, LABOR ORGANIZATION, OR OTHER ENTITY WHICH, OTHER THAN IN THE REGULAR COURSE OF BUSINESS AS A POSTAL, DELIVERY, OR MESSEN- GER SERVICE, DELIVERS ANY CONTRIBUTION FROM ANOTHER PERSON OR ENTITY TO A CANDIDATE OR AN AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE. "INTERMEDIARY" SHALL NOT INCLUDE SPOUSES, PARENTS, CHILDREN, OR SIBLINGS OF THE PERSON MAKING SUCH CONTRIBUTION. S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 14-102 of the election law, as amended by chapter 8 and as redesignated by chapter 9 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows: 1. The treasurer of every political committee which, or any officer, member or agent of any such committee who, in connection with any election, receives or expends any money or other valuable thing or incurs any liability to pay money or its equivalent shall file state- ments sworn, or subscribed and bearing a form notice that false state- ments made therein are punishable as a class A misdemeanor pursuant to section 210.45 of the penal law, at the times prescribed by this [arti- cle] TITLE setting forth all the receipts, contributions to and the expenditures by and liabilities of the committee, and of its officers, members and agents in its behalf. Such statements shall include the dollar amount of any receipt, contribution or transfer, or the fair market value of any receipt, contribution or transfer, which is other than of money, the name and address of the transferor, contributor, INTERMEDIARY, or person from whom received, and if the transferor, contributor, INTERMEDIARY, or person is a political committee; the name of and the political unit represented by the committee, the date of its
receipt, the dollar amount of every expenditure, the name and address of the person to whom it was made or the name of and the political unit represented by the committee to which it was made and the date thereof, and shall state clearly the purpose of such expenditure. AN INTERMEDIARY NEED NOT BE REPORTED FOR A CONTRIBUTION THAT WAS COLLECTED FROM A CONTRIBUTOR IN CONNECTION WITH A PARTY OR OTHER CANDIDATE-RELATED EVENT HELD AT THE RESIDENCE OF THE PERSON DELIVERING THE CONTRIBUTION, UNLESS THE EXPENSES OF SUCH EVENT AT SUCH RESIDENCE FOR SUCH CANDIDATE EXCEED FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS OR THE AGGREGATE CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM THAT CONTRIBUTOR AT SUCH EVENT EXCEED FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS. Any statement reporting a loan shall have attached to it a copy of the evidence of indebtedness. Expenditures in sums under fifty dollars need not be specifically accounted for by separate items in said statements, and receipts and contributions aggregating not more than ninety-nine dollars, from any one contributor need not be specifically accounted for by separate items in said statements, provided however, that such expenditures, receipts and contributions shall be subject to the other provisions of section 14-118 of this [article] TITLE. S 3. This act shall take effect June 1, 2014.

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