March 24, 2010
March 18, 2010(Key vote)
Title: Election Law Amendments
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that amends election laws.
Defines electioneering communication as "any communication publicly distributed by a television station, radio station, cable television system, satellite system, newspaper, magazine, direct mail, or telephone" (Sec. 4).
Defines an electioneering communication organization as "any group, other than a political party, affiliated party committee, or committee of continuous existence…and whose activities would not otherwise require the group to register as a political party, political committee, or committee of continuous existence under this chapter" (Sec. 5).
Requires any electioneering communications organization receiving or making expenditures greater than $5,000 in a calendar year to file a statement of organization with the Division of Elections, including, but not limited to, the following information (Sec. 8):
The name, mailing address, and street address of the committee or electioneering communications authority;
A statement of whether the organization was created during the current calendar quarter or if it existed prior to the current calendar quarter.
Requires all electioneering communications organizations to "file regular reports of all contributions received and all expenditures made by or on the behalf of the organization" (Sec. 11).
Fines any electioneering communications organization for failure to file a report $50-per-day for each of the first 3 days late, and $500-per-day for each day afterwards (Sec. 11).
Requires the caller of any phone calls made for the purpose of electioneering to identify the persons or organization sponsoring the call (Sec. 19).
Rep. Kevin Ambler voted "Yea" after the roll call.
Rep. Ron Schultz voted "Yea" after the roll call. -This is a substitute bill sponsored by the House Committee on Governmental Affairs Policy.