May 4, 2011 •
The new law takes effect August 1.
Governor Jack Dalrymple has signed Senate Bill 2073 into law.
The legislation, effective August 1, 2011, requires corporations making independent expenditures relating to ballot measures to file a report including the company’s name, the measure supported or opposed, and the monetary amount of the expenditure made.
This report, known as a “direct expenditure statement,” is due within 48 hours of making such an expenditure.
Photo of Governor Dalrymple courtesy of the North Dakota Office of the Governor website.
April 20, 2011 •
A bill to tighten restrictions on political contributions has been introduced in the California legislature.
Assembly Bill 860 would prohibit corporations or labor unions from making contributions to a candidate for elected office. Additionally, this legislation would strengthen the state pay-to-play laws.
The bill would prohibit government contractors from making contributions to an official or candidate who is or would be elected to a position responsible for awarding a government contract to the contributor.
Finally, this bill would also prohibit any employer from using payroll deduction to fund any political activity.
Photo of the California State Capitol by Nikopoley on Wikipedia.
April 6, 2011 •
A bill has been introduced in the General Assembly to simultaneously broaden the scope of the state’s campaign finance reporting laws and simplify the reporting schedule.
Under Assembly Bill 447, all committees making expenditures or receiving contributions of more than $500 would be required to file quarterly statements.
The legislation would eliminate independent expenditure reports, odd-year committee reports, and certain supplemental pre-election reports. Instead, all officers, candidates, and committees would have one pre-election report due 16 days before an election.
Late contribution reports would still be required within 24 hours of making a contribution near an election.
March 29, 2011 •
Politically active corporations gain another tool.
Senate Bill 39 has been signed by Governor Daugaard and will take effect July 1, 2011.
This law will allow corporations to make contributions to political action committees, contributions previously banned by state campaign finance law.
Under this bill, however, corporate contributions to candidates, candidate committees, or political parties are still prohibited.
Photo of Governor Daugaard courtesy of the South Dakota Governor website.
March 23, 2011 •
Political contributions and advertisements may be targeted
A bill has been introduced in the Iowa Legislature to impose a five percent “fee” on contributions in excess of $250 per year received by a PAC, candidate, or candidate’s committee from a single source.
Additionally, House File 140 would apply the same fee to political advertisements made by candidates or their committees and independent expenditures made by corporations.
The funds raised would be used to help offset the cost of operating the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.
Photo of the Iowa State Capitol by Iqkotze on Wikipedia.
March 16, 2011 •
Opponents of a new law prohibiting payroll deductions from public employees for “political activity” have filed for a temporary injunction in federal court.
The complaint filed by the American Education Association seeks to have the law overturned on grounds of violating free speech and equal protection.
Even though the law prohibits the use of payroll deductions from all public employees for such activities, the teachers’ group says the law, passed and supported by Republicans, is discriminatory and specifically aimed at them because the A.E.A. has traditionally been a strong supporter of Democratic candidates.
The statute in question has been a source of controversy since it was passed in December during a special legislative session which saw an overhaul of several aspects of the Alabama ethics laws.
March 9, 2011 •
Voters Approve Pay-to-Play Restrictions
Voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the city charter placing serious restrictions on the ability of those doing business or seeking to do business with the city to make campaign contributions.
The pay-to-play rule, which passed with a vote of 75 percent in favor, will prohibit anyone bidding on a contract with Los Angeles worth $100,000 or more from donating to or fundraising for city officials with the authority to approve the contract on which he or she is bidding.
Photo of Los Angeles City Hall by Brion VIBBER on Wikipedia.