senate Bill S7203

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the party committee and constituted committee exemption from contribution and receipt limits for monies received and expenditures made to maintain a permanent headquarters and staff

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May 05, 2014 referred to elections

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S7203 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §14-124, El L

S7203 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the party committee and constituted committee exemption from contribution and receipt limits for monies received and expenditures made to maintain a permanent headquarters and staff.

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BILL NUMBER:S7203

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to the
party committee and constituted committee exemption from contribution
and receipt limits for monies received and expenditures made to
maintain a permanent headquarters and staff

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill would limit contributions to a so called "soft money"
housekeeping political account to twenty-five thousand ($25,000)
dollars. Under current law there is no limit on the amount of money a
donor may contribute to such accounts.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Subdivision 3 of Election law section 14-124 is amended to limit
contributions to a party committee to $25,000.

JUSTIFICATION:

This bill amends the election law to prohibit unlimited campaign
contributions to soft money political committee campaign accounts.
Over the years the press has reported on the myriad of activities so
called soft money is used to pay for that are not directly related to
party building functions as the law was initially intended. This bill
will set a limit for the first time in history on how much money can
be contributed by any individual donor to soft money accounts to help
prevent further abuse.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  7203

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 5, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  KRUEGER,  ADDABBO, GIANARIS, HOYLMAN, STAVISKY --
  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 party committee and
  constituted  committee  exemption from contribution and receipt limits
  for monies received and expenditures  made  to  maintain  a  permanent
  headquarters and staff

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 14-124 of  the  election  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  71  of  the  laws  of  1988, is amended to read as
follows:
  3. The contribution and receipt limits of this article shall not apply
to monies received and expenditures made by a party committee or consti-
tuted committee to maintain a permanent headquarters and staff and carry
on ordinary activities which are not for the express purpose of  promot-
ing the candidacy of specific candidates, EXCEPT THAT CONTRIBUTIONS MADE
FOR  SUCH ACTIVITIES TO A PARTY COMMITTEE OR CONSTITUTED COMMITTEE SHALL
BE LIMITED TO TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE  AGGREGATE  FROM  EACH
CONTRIBUTOR IN EACH YEAR.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14883-01-4

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