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house Bill H.R. 425

Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act

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Title

Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act

Official Title

To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to clarify the treatment of coordinated expenditures as contributions to candidates, and for other purposes.

Summary

Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act Amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) to treat as a campaign contribution any payment made by any person (other than a candidate, an authorized committee of a candidate, or a political committee of a political party) for a coordinated expenditure which is not otherwise treated as a contribution. (In effect, replaces and eliminates a prohibition against contributions by minors which the U.S. Supreme Court in McConnell v. Federal Election Commission ruled an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment.) Sets forth rules governing payments for coordinated expenditures, including special rule for payments by coordinated spenders for covered communications. Defines "covered communication" as a public communication which: (1) expressly advocates the election of the candidate or the defeat of an opponent of the candidate (or contains the functional equivalent of express advocacy); (2) promotes or supports the candidate, or attacks or opposes an opponent of the candidate (regardless of whether the communication expressly advocates the election or defeat of a candidate or contains the functional equivalent of express advocacy); or (3) refers to the candidate or an opponent of the candidate in other ways, but only if the communication is disseminated during the applicable election period. Prescribes penalties for knowing and willfull violation of this Act by a contribution which consists of a payment for a coordinated expenditure. Prohibits candidates or individuals holding federal office, their agents, and certain related entities from soliciting, receiving, directing, or transferring funds to or on behalf of any political committee which accepts donations or contributions that do not comply with FECA limitations, prohibitions, and reporting requirements, or to or on behalf of any 527 organization which accepts such donations or contributions (other than a committee of a state or local political party or a candidate for election for state or local office). (A 527 organization, tax-exempt in certain circumstances under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, is created primarily to influence the selection, nomination, election, appointment or defeat of candidates to federal, state or local public office.)

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      Committee on Administration
    IntroducedJanuary 21st, 2015
    Stop letting big money buy candidates and corrupt our government!
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    We need this but how about just real campaign finance reform instead please? Get money out of politics!!
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    This is common sense.
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    Big money is controlling our elections. Our country is becoming an oligarchy
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    If you get to a point where you have to ask "hey guys should we stop doing this?" Then yes.
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    We need to stop super pac elections period
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    Get rid of super pacs!!
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    Again, more smoke and mirrors! Minors under 17 can't vote, and should not be allowed to contribute!! NO!!
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    Get rid of super Pac's. This hurts our democracy.
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    "Of the people, by the people and for the people...". PACs and corporations are NOT people. Get them out of politics.
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    Excessive amounts of money corrupts our political system
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    Super Pacs are limited in the amount of money they are allowed to give as contributions, but they are able to get around this by having an unclear definition of what a contribution is. All money that goes to a candidate is a contribution.
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    Out with the big money, you people who read past the important issue at hand. It's not the 17 yr old with dads debit card. Idk what kind of 17 yr old even cares about voting or giving money to a campaign. Surely we can agree the big money is in no way good for these politicians. Those funds are detrimental to our politics. I do understand the point made about those who are young sending contributions. No current politician is exempt from scrutiny when it comes to financial campaign contributors as far as I see it. It's either we get all lobbyist and corporations out of our politics or just say what the truth is. That is the we have the best government money can buy. If you doubt that, then call your officials and ask where their contributions came from and who where the donors. See how that works for ya!
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    Minors have no business supporting political candidates. They can't even vote.
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    I'm suspicious of reasons for allowing minors to contribute. Just a way to pad adult donations? Very fishy.
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    Stupid and a waste of time. Who ever came up with this should be deported.
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    Allowing contributions by minors 17 and under is unconscionable!
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