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H0559......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES - CONTRIBUTIONS - Amends existing law to require
that legislative candidates receive 20% of their contributions from
residents of the district they seek to represent and to provide penalties
for failure to meet this requirement.
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session - 1998
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 559
BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO LIMITATIONS ON CONTRIBUTIONS TO ELECTION CAMPAIGNS; AMENDING SEC-
3 TION 67-6610A, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTRI-
4 BUTIONS AND TO REDUCE LIMITATIONS FOR FAILURE TO MEET REQUIREMENTS.
5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 SECTION 1. That Section 67-6610A, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
7 amended to read as follows:
8 67-6610A. LIMITATIONS ON CONTRIBUTIONS. (1) Except as provided in
9 subsection s (2) and (3) of this section, aggregate
10 contributions for a primary election or a general election made by a corpora-
11 tion, political committee, other recognized legal entity or an individual,
12 other than the candidate, to a candidate for the state legislature, and polit-
13 ical committees organized on the candidate's behalf shall be limited to an
14 amount not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) for the primary election
15 and an amount not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) for the general
16 election. Aggregate contributions for a primary election or a general election
17 by a corporation, political committee, other recognized legal entity or an
18 individual, other than the candidate, to a candidate for statewide office and
19 political committees organized on the candidate's behalf shall be limited to
20 an amount not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000) for the primary elec-
21 tion and an amount not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000) for the gen-
22 eral election.
23 (2) Aggregate contributions for a primary election or for a general elec-
24 tion made by the state central committee of the political parties qualified
25 under section 34-501, Idaho Code, to a candidate for the state legislature,
26 and political committees organized on the candidate's behalf shall be limited
27 to an amount not to exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000) for the primary elec-
28 tion and an amount not to exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000) for the general
29 election. Aggregate contributions for the primary election or the general
30 election by the state central committee of the political parties qualified
31 under section 34-501, Idaho Code, to a candidate for statewide office and
32 political committees organized on the candidate's behalf shall be limited to
33 an amount not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for the primary elec-
34 tion and an amount not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for the gen-
35 eral election.
36 (3) In the interest of promoting public participation in the elec-
37 tion of legislative candidates by individuals who are to be represented by the
38 candidate, each legislative candidate shall demonstrate at each filing
39 required by this chapter, that not less than twenty percent (20%) of the total
40 dollar amount of contributions to the candidate were made by individuals whose
41 legal residence is within the district from which the candidate seeks elec-
42 tion. In the event that at any reporting period a candidate's total contribu-
43 tions fail to meet the requirement of this subsection, all contribution limi-
1 tations specified in subsections (1) and (2) of this section shall be reduced
2 by fifty percent (50%). This provision shall apply to all contributions to the
3 candidate, and in the event that contributions have been made prior to this
4 limitation which exceed this limitation they shall be refunded.
5 (4) For purposes of this section "statewide office" shall mean an
6 office in state government which shall appear on the primary or general elec-
7 tion ballot throughout the state.
8 ( 4 5 ) Contributions other than money or its
9 equivalent are deemed to have a monetary value equivalent to the fair market
10 value of the contribution. Services or property or rights furnished at less
11 than their fair market value for the purpose of assisting any candidate or
12 political committee are deemed a contribution. A contribution of this kind
13 shall be reported as an in-kind contribution at its fair market value and
14 counts toward any applicable contribution limit of the contributor. Contribu-
15 tions shall not include the personal services of volunteers.
16 ( 5 6 ) The contribution limits for the state leg-
17 islature shall apply to judicial district offices, city offices and county
18 offices regulated by this chapter.
19 ( 6 7 ) The provisions of this section are hereby
20 declared to be severable and if any provision of this section or the applica-
21 tion of such provision to any person or circumstance is declared invalid for
22 any reason, such declaration shall not affect the validity of the remaining
23 portions of this section.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This legislation requires that legislative candidates must
show that no less than 20% of the total dollar amount of
contributions to the candidate were made by individuals who
reside within the legislator's district at each filing. In
the event that a candidate is unable to show this, all
contribution limitations shall be reduced by 50%.
There will be no fiscal impact to the
CONTACT: Representative Bruce Newcomb
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE
Bill No. H 559