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HR 513 - 527 Reform Act of 2005 - Key Vote

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Legislation - Placed on Calendar (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (218-209) - (Key vote)

Title: 527 Reform Act of 2005

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires specific political 527 organizations to follow restrictions of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 and ends limits on party spending for candidates during a general election.

Highlights:
  • Adds 527 organizations to the definition of a political committee, therefore capping individual contributions at $5,000 (Sec. 2).
  • Excludes 527 organizations whose activities focus exclusively on candidates for state or local office, or ballot initiatives (Sec. 2).
  • Limits the amount a single individual can donate to the non-Federal account of a 527 organization that also has a Federal account to $25,000 (Sec. 3).
  • Repeals limits on party expenses for a candidate in general elections (Sec. 4).
  • Allows challenges to this law on constitutional grounds to be heard by three judges in the United State District Court for the District of Columbia (Sec. 6).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: 527 Reform Act of 2005

Sponsors

  • Christopher H. Shays (CT - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Charles F. 'Charlie' Bass (NH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Allen Boyd Jr. (FL - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael N. 'Mike' Castle (DE - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Martin T. 'Marty' Meehan (MA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • James L. 'Jim' Oberstar (MN - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert Ruhl 'Rob' Simmons (CT - R) (Out Of Office)
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