senate Bill S7186

Relates to campaign contributions by intermediaries

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  • 02 / May / 2014
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Summary

Relates to campaign contributions by intermediaries.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S7186
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§14-100 & 14-102, El L

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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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7186

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14975-01-4

S. 7186                             2

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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