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HOUSE BILL NO. 560
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H0560......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS - Amends existing law to reduce existing limits on
contributions for candidates for the legislature and for statewide office.
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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. 560
BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO LIMITATIONS ON CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 67-6610A,
3 IDAHO CODE, TO REDUCE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT WHICH MAY BE CONTRIBUTED TO CAN-
4 DIDATES FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND STATEWIDE OFFICES; AND PROVIDING AN EFFEC-
5 TIVE DATE.
6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
7 SECTION 1. That Section 67-6610A, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
8 amended to read as follows:
9 67-6610A. LIMITATIONS ON CONTRIBUTIONS. (1) Except as provided in subsec-
10 tion (2) of this section, aggregate contributions for a primary election or a
11 general election made by a corporation, political committee, other recognized
12 legal entity or an individual, other than the candidate, to a candidate for
13 the state legislature, and political committees organized on the candidate's
14 behalf shall be limited to an amount not to exceed one thousand
15 five hundred dollars ($ 1,0 5 00) for the
16 primary election and an amount not to exceed one thousand
17 five hundred dollars ($ 1,0 5 00) for the gen-
18 eral election. Aggregate contributions for a primary election or a general
19 election by a corporation, political committee, other recognized legal entity
20 or an individual, other than the candidate, to a candidate for statewide
21 office and political committees organized on the candidate's behalf shall be
22 limited to an amount not to exceed five two thousand
23 five hundred dollars ($ 5,0 2,5 00) for
24 the primary election and an amount not to exceed five two
25 thousand five hundred dollars ($ 5,0 2,5
26 00) for the general election.
27 (2) Aggregate contributions for a primary election or for a general elec-
28 tion made by the state central committee of the political parties qualified
29 under section 34-501, Idaho Code, to a candidate for the state legislature,
30 and political committees organized on the candidate's behalf shall be limited
31 to an amount not to exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000) for the primary elec-
32 tion and an amount not to exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000) for the general
33 election. Aggregate contributions for the primary election or the general
34 election by the state central committee of the political parties qualified
35 under section 34-501, Idaho Code, to a candidate for statewide office and
36 political committees organized on the candidate's behalf shall be limited to
37 an amount not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for the primary elec-
38 tion and an amount not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for the gen-
39 eral election.
40 (3) For purposes of this section "statewide office" shall mean an office
41 in state government which shall appear on the primary or general election bal-
42 lot throughout the state.
43 (4) Contributions other than money or its equivalent are deemed to have a
1 monetary value equivalent to the fair market value of the contribution. Ser-
2 vices or property or rights furnished at less than their fair market value for
3 the purpose of assisting any candidate or political committee are deemed a
4 contribution. A contribution of this kind shall be reported as an in-kind con-
5 tribution at its fair market value and counts toward any applicable contribu-
6 tion limit of the contributor. Contributions shall not include the personal
7 services of volunteers.
8 (5) The contribution limits for the state legislature shall apply to
9 judicial district offices, city offices and county offices regulated by this
11 (6) The provisions of this section are hereby declared to be severable
12 and if any provision of this section or the application of such provision to
13 any person or circumstance is declared invalid for any reason, such declara-
14 tion shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this section.
15 SECTION 2. This act shall be in full force and effect on and after July
16 1, 1999.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This legislation changes the maximum amount that can be
contributed to a candidate for the state legislature or a
committee organized on the candidates behalf from $1,000 to
$500 in any one election. For statewide office, a candidate
or a committee organized on the candidate's behalf may
receive $2,500 instead of $5,000 from one source in any one
election. However, the state central committee of the
political parties may still contribute the same amount to a
candidate's campaign. The limitations would take effect on
July 1, 1999.
There will be no fiscal impact to the
CONTACT: Representative Bruce Newcomb
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE
Bill No. H 560