HR 1404

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

H. R. 1404

To reform the financing of House elections, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 6, 2011

Mr. LARSON of Connecticut (for himself, Ms. PINGREE of Maine, Mr. JONES, Ms. BALDWIN, Mr. BRALEY of Iowa, Mr. BUTTERFIELD, Mr. CAPUANO, Mr. COHEN, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. COOPER, Mr. COURTNEY, Mrs. DAVIS of California, Ms. DELAURO, Mr. DOYLE, Ms. EDWARDS, Mr. ELLISON, Ms. ESHOO, Mr. FILNER, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. HEINRICH, Mr. HINCHEY, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. HOLT, Mr. HONDA, Mr. ISRAEL, Mr. JACKSON of Illinois, Mr. KUCINICH, Ms. LEE of California, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Mr. LOEBSACK, Mr. LUJAN, Ms. MATSUI, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California, Mr. MURPHY of Connecticut, Mr. NADLER, Mr. OLVER, Mr. POLIS, Mr. ROTHMAN of New Jersey, Mr. SARBANES, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. SHERMAN, Mr. STARK, Mr. TONKO, Ms. TSONGAS, Ms. WOOLSEY, and Mr. YARMUTH) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration


A BILL

To reform the financing of House elections, and for other purposes.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

TITLE I--FAIR ELECTIONS FINANCING OF HOUSE ELECTION CAMPAIGNS

`TITLE V--FAIR ELECTIONS FINANCING OF HOUSE ELECTION CAMPAIGNS

`Subtitle A--Benefits

`Sec. 501. Benefits for participating candidates.

`Sec. 502. Allocations from the Fund.

`Sec. 503. Matching payments for certain small dollar contributions.

`Subtitle B--Eligibility and Certification

`Sec. 511. Eligibility.

`Sec. 512. Qualifying requirements.

`Sec. 513. Certification.

`Subtitle C--Requirements for Candidates Certified as Participating Candidates

`Sec. 521. Contribution, expenditure, and fundraising requirements.

`Sec. 522. Debate requirement.

`Sec. 523. Remitting unspent funds after election.

`Subtitle D--Administrative Provisions

`Sec. 531. Fair Elections Fund.

`Sec. 532. Fair Elections Oversight Board.

`Sec. 533. Administration by Commission.

`Sec. 534. Violations and penalties.

`Sec. 535. Election cycle defined.

TITLE II--RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

TITLE III--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND DECLARATIONS.

TITLE I--FAIR ELECTIONS FINANCING OF HOUSE ELECTION CAMPAIGNS

SEC. 101. BENEFITS AND ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR HOUSE CANDIDATES.

`TITLE V--FAIR ELECTIONS FINANCING OF HOUSE ELECTION CAMPAIGNS

`Subtitle A--Benefits

`SEC. 501. BENEFITS FOR PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES.

`SEC. 502. ALLOCATIONS FROM THE FUND.

`SEC. 503. MATCHING PAYMENTS FOR CERTAIN SMALL DOLLAR CONTRIBUTIONS.

`Subtitle B--Eligibility and Certification

`SEC. 511. ELIGIBILITY.

`SEC. 512. QUALIFYING REQUIREMENTS.

`SEC. 513. CERTIFICATION.

`Subtitle C--Requirements for Candidates Certified as Participating Candidates

`SEC. 521. CONTRIBUTION, EXPENDITURE, AND FUNDRAISING REQUIREMENTS.

`SEC. 522. DEBATE REQUIREMENT.

`SEC. 523. REMITTING UNSPENT FUNDS AFTER ELECTION.

`Subtitle D--Administrative Provisions

`SEC. 531. FAIR ELECTIONS FUND.

`SEC. 532. FAIR ELECTIONS OVERSIGHT BOARD.

`SEC. 533. ADMINISTRATION BY COMMISSION.

`SEC. 534. VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES.

`SEC. 535. ELECTION CYCLE DEFINED.

SEC. 102. TRANSFER OF PORTION OF CIVIL MONEY PENALTIES INTO FAIR ELECTIONS FUND.

SEC. 103. PROHIBITING USE OF CONTRIBUTIONS BY PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES FOR PURPOSES OTHER THAN CAMPAIGN FOR ELECTION.

SEC. 104. PROHIBITION ON JOINT FUNDRAISING COMMITTEES.

SEC. 105. TREATMENT OF COORDINATED EXPENDITURES BY POLITICAL PARTY COMMITTEES ON BEHALF OF PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES.

TITLE II--RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

SEC. 201. PETITION FOR CERTIORARI.

SEC. 202. FILING BY ALL CANDIDATES WITH COMMISSION.

SEC. 203. ELECTRONIC FILING OF FEC REPORTS.

TITLE III--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

SEC. 301. SEVERABILITY.

SEC. 302. EFFECTIVE DATE.

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