A02736 Summary:

BILL NO    A02736 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Kavanagh

COSPNSR    

MLTSPNSR   

Amd S14-102, El L

Requires the filing of additional transferor and contributor identification
information in campaign receipt and expenditure statements for the receipt of
amounts over one hundred dollars, including the occupation, employer and
employer's address in the case of an individual, and the full name and address
of any partnership, committee, association, corporation, labor organization or
group of persons.
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A02736 Actions:

BILL NO    A02736 

01/20/2015 referred to election law
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A02736 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A02736 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A2736

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the election law, in relation to
requiring additional transferor and contributor identification
information in campaign receipt and expenditure statements

PURPOSE:

This bill would require a political committee to disclose a
contributor's occupation, employer and full name and address.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill would amend subdivision 1 of section 14-102 of
the election law, as amended by chapter 8 of the laws of 1978 and as
redesignated by chapter 9 of the laws of 1978, to require a political
committee to disclose additional information regarding contributors
who give $100 or more to a political committee. For individual
contributors giving $100 or more, the contributor's occupation,
employer, and employer's address would be required. For organizational
contributors delineated in the amended text, the additional
information would be the full name and address of the organization.

Section 2 of the bill establishes the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Campaign fundraising practices are having a corrosive effect on the
public's confidence in the integrity of government. Too often,
citizens feel that their individual votes are of little consequence.
The cumulative impact is a significant threat to the fundamental
values of democracy. A fundamental component of campaign finance laws
is that campaign committees must disclose the identity of
contributors. The rationale is that public awareness of who has
contributed may reduce the possibility of elected officials favoring
contributors. Requiring that significant contributors disclose their
occupations and employers is necessary to ensure that contributors are
adequately identified and to provide the public with additional
information that may be useful in assessing where a contributor's
interests may lie-and how an elected official might favor that
contributor. The additional identification information required by the
bill is the same as is required under federal law for contributions to
federal political committees.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2014: A02009 (Kavanagh) - Election Law
2013: A02009 (Kavanagh) - Election Law
2012: A05857 (Kavanagh) - Rules
2011: A05857 (Kavanagh) - Election Law
2010: A04012A (Kavanagh) - Election Law
2009: A04012 (Kavanagh) - Election Law

FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE:

None.


EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the first of December next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.
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A02736 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         2736

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                   January 20, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced by M. of A. KAVANAGH -- read once and referred to the Commit-
         tee on Election Law

       AN  ACT  to  amend the election law, in relation to requiring additional
         transferor and  contributor  identification  information  in  campaign
         receipt and expenditure statements

         THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 14-102 of  the  election  law,  as
    2  amended  by chapter 8 of the laws of 1978 and as redesignated by chapter
    3  9 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows:
    4    1. The treasurer of every political committee which, or  any  officer,
    5  member  or  agent  of  any  such  committee  who, in connection with any
    6  election, receives or expends any  money  or  other  valuable  thing  or
    7  incurs  any  liability  to pay money or its equivalent shall file state-
    8  ments sworn, or subscribed and bearing a form notice that  false  state-
    9  ments  made  therein are punishable as a class A misdemeanor pursuant to
   10  section 210.45 of the penal law, at the times prescribed by this article
   11  setting forth all the receipts, contributions to and the expenditures by
   12  and liabilities of the committee,  and  of  its  officers,  members  and
   13  agents in its behalf. Such statements shall include the dollar amount of
   14  any  receipt,  contribution or transfer, or the fair market value of any
   15  receipt, contribution or transfer, which is other  than  of  money,  the
   16  name [and], address AND OTHER IDENTIFICATION of the transferor, contrib-
   17  utor or person from whom received, and if the transferor, contributor or
   18  person  is  a  political  committee;  the name of and the political unit
   19  represented by the committee, the date of its receipt, the dollar amount
   20  of every expenditure, the name and address of the person to whom it  was
   21  made  or the name of and the political unit represented by the committee
   22  to which it was made and the date thereof, and shall state  clearly  the
   23  purpose of such expenditure.  THE REQUIREMENT TO INCLUDE OTHER IDENTIFI-
   24  CATION  SHALL APPLY ONLY WITH RESPECT TO A TRANSFER OR CONTRIBUTION FROM

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD04516-01-5
       A. 2736                             2

    1  ANY ONE TRANSFEROR OR CONTRIBUTOR WHICH EITHER RESULTS IN THE  AGGREGATE
    2  TRANSFERS  OR  CONTRIBUTIONS  FROM  THAT  ONE  TRANSFEROR OR CONTRIBUTOR
    3  EXCEEDING THE SUM OF NINETY-NINE DOLLARS OR IS A  TRANSFER  OR  CONTRIB-
    4  UTION  WHICH  OCCURS AFTER SUCH NINETY-NINE DOLLAR THRESHOLD IS REACHED.
    5  THE OTHER IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED WITH RESPECT TO AN INDIVIDUAL TRANSFE-
    6  ROR OR CONTRIBUTOR SHALL BE HIS OR HER OCCUPATION, EMPLOYER AND  EMPLOY-
    7  ER'S  ADDRESS.  THE  OTHER  IDENTIFICATION  REQUIRED WITH RESPECT TO ANY
    8  PARTNERSHIP, COMMITTEE, ASSOCIATION, CORPORATION, LABOR ORGANIZATION  OR
    9  OTHER  ORGANIZATION  OR  GROUP  OF  PERSONS  SHALL  BE ITS FULL NAME AND
   10  ADDRESS. Any statement reporting a loan shall have attached to it a copy
   11  of the evidence  of  indebtedness.  Expenditures  in  sums  under  fifty
   12  dollars need not be specifically accounted for by separate items in said
   13  statements,  and  receipts  and  contributions aggregating not more than
   14  ninety-nine dollars, from any one contributor need not  be  specifically
   15  accounted  for  by  separate items in said statements, provided however,
   16  that such expenditures, receipts and contributions shall be  subject  to
   17  the other provisions of section 14-118 of this article.
   18    S  2.    This  act  shall  take  effect  on the first of December next
   19  succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
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