H.R.1404 - Fair Elections Now Act

To reform the financing of House elections, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: To reform the financing of House elections, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Fair Elections Now Act as introduced.

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John Larson

D-CT

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OpenCongress Summary

This bill would establish a public funding system for House elections and outlines eligibility and contribution requirements, as well as prohibitions such as those on joint fundraising committees. Under the system, candidates would raise a large number of small-donor contributions in order to receive additional public Fair Elections funding, $900,000 split 40/60 between the primary and general elections. Fair Election candidates would be eligible for additional public funds if they continue to raise more small donations. The system would be funded through a new fee on government contractors and through an auction of unused broadcast spectrum.
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Official Summary

Fair Elections Now Act - Amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) with respect to: (1) candidate benefits of fair elections financing of House of Representatives election campaigns; (2) allocations to candidates from the Fair Elections Fund established by this Act; (3) 500% m

Official Summary

Fair Elections Now Act - Amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) with respect to:
(1) candidate benefits of fair elections financing of House of Representatives election campaigns;
(2) allocations to candidates from the Fair Elections Fund established by this Act;
(3) 500% matching payments to candidates for certain small dollar contributions;
(4) Fund allocation eligibility requirements;
(5) certification of a federal election candidate as a participating candidate;
(6) contribution, expenditure, and fundraising requirements;
(7) a public debate requirement;
(8) remission to the Fair Elections Fund of unspent funds after an election;
(9) establishment of the Fair Elections Fund and of a Fair Elections Oversight Board;
(10) civil penalties for violation of contribution and expenditure requirements; and
(11) transfer of a portion of collected civil money penalties into the Fair Elections Fund. Prohibits:
(1) use of contributions by a participating candidate for any purposes other than an election campaign, and
(2) establishment of joint fundraising committees with any political committee other than a candidate's authorized committee. Prescribes a limitation on coordinated expenditures by political party committees with participating candidates. Amends FECA to empower the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to appeal a civil action. Requires all designations, statements, and reports required to be filed under FECA to be filed:
(1) directly with the FEC, and
(2) in electronic form accessible by computers. Reduces from 48 hours to 24 hours after their receipt the deadline for the FEC to make designations, statements, reports, or notifications available to the public in the FEC office and on the Internet.

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Organizations Supporting H.R.1404

  • Demos
  • Progressives United
  • Public Citizen
  • Common Cause
  • Brennan Center for Justice
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • ...and 2 more. See all.

Organizations Opposing H.R.1404

  • Center for Competitive Politics


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