S.1219 - Senate Campaign Finance Reform Act of 1995104th Congress (1995-1996)
|Sponsor:||Sen. McCain, John [R-AZ] (Introduced 09/07/1995)|
|Committees:||Senate - Rules and Administration|
|Latest Action:||06/25/1996 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 456. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1219 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (09/07/1995)
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Title I: Senate Election Spending Limits and Benefits
Title II: Reduction of Special Interest Influence
Subtitle A: Elimination of Political Action Committees
From Federal Election Activities
Subtitle B: Provisions Relating to Soft Money of
Subtitle C: Soft Money of Persons Other Than Political Parties
Subtitle D: Contributions
Subtitle E: Additional Contribution Limits
Subtitle F: Independent Expenditures
Title III: Miscellaneous Provisions
Senate Campaign Finance Reform Act of 1995 - Title I: Senate Election Spending Limits and Benefits - Amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) to set forth Senate election spending limits and benefits. Entitles complying candidates to specified: (1) broadcast discounts and free time; and (2) postage reductions.
(Sec. 103) Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to: (1) provide for preemption only in situations beyond a station's control; and (2) extend the license revocation provision for failure to provide access to cable systems.
Title II: Reduction of Special Interest Influence - Subtitle A: Elimination of Political Action Committees From Federal Election Activities - Amends FECA to prohibit Federal election activities by political action committees (as defined by this Act). States that if such ban is not in effect: (1) a committee's contributions to a candidate shall not exceed limits applicable to an individual; and (2) a candidate may not accept more than 20 percent of contributions from committee sources.
Subtitle B: Provisions Relating to Soft Money of Political Parties - Amends FECA to set forth soft money contribution and reporting provisions.
Subtitle C: Soft Money of Persons Other Than Political Parties - Amends FECA to set forth reporting requirements for persons other than political parties (with exceptions for candidate's authorized committees or independent expenditures) who disburse more than $2000 for political activities.
Subtitle D: Contributions - Amends FECA to set forth conditions under which contributions to a candidate made by a person through an intermediary or conduit shall be treated as having come from the person or from the intermediary.
Subtitle E: Additional Prohibitions on Contributions - Requires candidates to raise at least 60 percent of their contributions from in-State individuals in order to be in FECA compliance.
Subtitle F: Independent Expenditures - Amends FECA to redefine "independent expenditure." Includes within the definition of "contribution" certain expenditures containing express advocacy made by a candidate or candidate's representative.
Title III: Miscellaneous Provisions - Amends FECA to prohibit the personal use of campaign funds.
(Sec. 302) Sets forth political advertising provisions for print and broadcast or cablecast communications.
(Sec. 303) Authorizes the Federal Election Commission to: (1) prescribe regulations for computer and facsimile reporting; and (2) conduct random post-election audits to ensure voluntary FECA compliance.
(Sec. 305) Prohibits franked mass mailings by a Member in his or her election year (unless such Member will not be a candidate for any Federal office).
(Sec. 306) Grants the Commission injunctive relief authority.
(Sec. 308) Provides for direct appeal to the United States Supreme Court from any judicial ruling on the constitutionality of any provision of this Act.
(Sec. 309) Revises certain political committee reporting requirements.