senate Bill S2540

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the content of statements of campaign receipts, contributions, transfers and expenditures to and by political committees

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S2540 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2014
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง14-102, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1564, A5919
2009-2010: S5545, A8757

S2540 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the content of statements of campaign receipts, contributions, transfers and expenditures to and by political committees; requires such statements to include the occupation of the contributor, and in certain cases such person's employer and business address.

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BILL NUMBER:S2540

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in relation to the content of statements of
campaign receipts, contributions, transfers and expenditures to and by
political committees

PURPOSE:
This bill is designed to increase the disclosure of contributor
employment and campaign expenditure information.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Amends Election Law section 14-102 subdivision 1 to require
that the filing statements of political committees report the
occupation of contributors and transferors, and for people who
contribute two hundred dollars or more, the statements must disclose
the name and address of the person's employer. In addition. when an
expenditure is made for more than one purpose or for goods and
services provided by more than one supplier, the statement must
provide the amount expended for each such purpose or to each such
supplier. It also amends subdivision 3 to require that in
promulgating regulations for filing statements the state board draft
them to assure compliance and obtain the most disclosure possible.

Section 2: Provides that the Act takes effect sixty days after it
becomes a law.

EXISTING LAW:
Under the existing law, this employment and itemization of
expenditures is not required.

JUSTIFICATION:
These provisions increase disclosure of important information relative
to the source and expenditure of campaign funds, and brings such
disclosure more closely into alignment with federal law.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010: S.5545 - Referred to Elections.
2010-2011: S.1564 - Referred to Elections.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This bill is effective sixty days after it becomes a law, with
provisions.

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

                                  2540

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 18, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO -- 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 the content  of  state-
  ments  of campaign receipts, contributions, transfers and expenditures
  to and by political committees

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.    Subdivisions  1 and 3 of section 14-102 of the election
law, as amended by chapter 8 of the  laws  of  1978,  subdivision  1  as
redesignated  by  chapter  9  of  the  laws of 1978 and subdivision 3 as
renumbered by chapter 70 of the laws of 1983, are  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] ITEM
OF VALUE or incurs any liability to pay money or  its  equivalent  shall
file  statements  sworn,  or  subscribed  and bearing a form notice that
false statements made therein are punishable as a  class  A  misdemeanor
pursuant  to section 210.45 of the penal law, at the times prescribed by
this article 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 AND OCCUPATION of the transferor,
contributor  or  person  from  whom  received, OTHER THAN IN THE REGULAR
COURSE OF A LENDER'S BUSINESS, AND FOR A NATURAL PERSON CONTRIBUTING TWO
HUNDRED DOLLARS OR MORE, THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF SUCH PERSON'S EMPLOYER,
AND THE BUSINESS ADDRESS OF EACH POLITICAL  COMMITTEE  OR  OTHER  ENTITY
MAKING  SUCH CONTRIBUTION, OR ANY LOAN, GUARANTEE, OR OTHER SECURITY FOR
SUCH A LOAN and if the transferor, contributor or person is a  political

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03070-01-3

S. 2540                             2

committee; the name of and the political unit represented by the commit-
tee,  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.  IF ANY ONE EXPENDITURE IS MADE FOR MORE THAN ONE  PURPOSE,
OR  AS PAYMENT FOR GOODS OR SERVICES SUPPLIED BY MORE THAN ONE SUPPLIER,
SUCH STATEMENT SHALL SET FORTH SEPARATELY EACH SUCH PURPOSE OR  SUPPLIER
AND  THE AMOUNT EXPENDED FOR EACH SUCH PURPOSE OR TO EACH SUCH SUPPLIER.
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.
  3.  The  state  board  of  elections shall promulgate regulations with
respect to the accounting methods to be applied IN COMPLYING  WITH,  AND
in  preparing the statements required by, the provisions of this article
and shall provide forms suitable for such statements.  SUCH  REGULATIONS
SHALL BE DRAWN TO ASSURE SUCH COMPLIANCE AND OBTAIN THE MAXIMUM POSSIBLE
DISCLOSURE.
  S  2.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have  become  a  law;  provided,  however,  that  contributions  legally
received  prior  to  the  effective date of this act may be retained and
expended for lawful purposes and shall  not  provide  the  basis  for  a
violation of article 14 of the election law, as amended by this act; and
provided,  further,  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.

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