S.750 - Fair Elections Now Act

A bill to reform the financing of Senate elections, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: A bill to reform the financing of Senate elections, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Fair Elections Now Act as introduced.

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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, determined based on the size of the state and 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) eligibility and qualifying contribution requirements and benefits of fair elections financing of Senate election campaigns, (2) establishment of a Fair Elections Fund, (3) eligibility for F

Official Summary

Fair Elections Now Act - Amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) with respect to:
(1) eligibility and qualifying contribution requirements and benefits of fair elections financing of Senate election campaigns,
(2) establishment of a Fair Elections Fund,
(3) eligibility for Fund allocations,
(4) contribution and expenditure requirements,
(5) a public debate requirement,
(6) certification of whether or not a federal election candidate is a participating candidate,
(7) benefits for participating candidates,
(8) 500% matching payments to candidates for certain small dollar contributions,
(9) political advertising vouchers,
(10) establishment of a Fair Elections Oversight Board,
(11) civil penalties for violation of contribution and expenditure requirements,
(12) prohibition of joint fundraising committees with any political committee other than a candidate's authorized committee, and
(13) an exception to a specified limitation on coordinated expenditures by political party committees with participating candidates for any expenditure from a qualified political party-participating candidate coordinated expenditure fund. Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to:
(1) prohibit the preemption of the use of a broadcasting station by a legally qualified Senate candidate who has purchased and paid for such use,
(2) revise Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authority to revoke licenses for broadcasting stations who fail to provide access to Senate candidates, and
(3) revise the formula for determining reduced broadcast rates for participating candidates in certain circumstances. Directs the FCC to initiate a rulemaking proceeding to establish a standardized form to be used by broadcasting stations to record and report the purchase of advertising time by or on behalf of a candidate for nomination for election, or for election, to federal elective office. Amends FECA to:
(1) empower the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to appeal a civil action;
(2) require all designations, statements, and reports required to be filed under FECA to be filed directly with the FEC, and in computer-accessible electronic form; and
(3) reduce from 48 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 S.750

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

Organizations Opposing S.750

  • Center for Competitive Politics


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