January 15, 2020 •
Seattle Passes Two Bills in the Clean Campaigns Act
The Seattle City Council unanimously passed two bills banning most political spending by foreign-influenced corporations and clamping down on political advertising.
These bills are part of the Clean Campaigns Act, a three-bill package introduced in August of last year.
The first bill prevents corporations with a single foreign national investor holding at least 1% ownership, or two or more holding at least 5% ownership from contributing directly to Seattle candidates, political races, or through PACs.
Companies that have a non-U.S. investor making decisions on its U.S. political activities will also be prevented from political spending.
The measure closes a loophole because foreign individuals and foreign-based entities already are barred from making contributions in U.S. elections.
The second bill adds transparency to the political advertising realm.
It requires any paid advertisement regarding a political matter of local importance to follow stricter reporting guidelines and to retain and provide records about these advertisements.
The third bill, which would place a cap on Super PAC contributions, remains in the Select Committee on Campaign Finance Reform for further discussions.
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