Democracy Download from Monday, September 8, 2014

Key Dates (All times Eastern)

  • September: The Corporate Reform Coalition announced that more than one million Americans filed public comments with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) encouraging it to advance a rule to require publicly-traded companies to disclose political spending to shareholders.
  • September 4: Ten government watchdog groups sent a letter to Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader McCarthy, Minority Leader Pelosi, and Minority Whip Hoyer encouraging them to publicly commit to continuing the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) in the 114th Congress.
  • September 8, ~6pm: The Senate is scheduled to debate and have a cloture vote on Sen. Tom Udall's constitutional amendment, S.J. Res. 19, which would overturn the Supreme Court's Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United v. FEC decisions and allow Congress to enact common-sense limits on campaign spending.
  • September 9, Noon-2pm: The Federalist Society hosts a panel at a conference entitled, "The Future of Voting Rights," Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC. RSVP here.
  • September 10, 10am: Senate Rules Committee hearing on the two Republican Election Assistance Commission (EAC) nominees, Matthew Masterson and Christy McCormick. (Possible full Senate consideration of all four EAC nominees is possible in September.) 
  • September 16, 9:30am-noon: Sunlight Foundation and ReThink Media host an event entitled, "The Price We Pay for Money's Influence on Politics" with Sens. Tester (D-MT) and King (I-ME); 1110 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC. RSVP here.
  • September 17: Constitution Day
  • September 17, 2pm-4pm: George Washington University Political Law Studies Initiative hosts an event entitled, "Political Parties and the New Campaign Finance Paradigm" with FEC Chair Lee Goodman, FEC Vice Chair Ann Ravel, and others. 2000 H St. NW, Burns Moot Court Room, Washington, DC. RSVP here.
  • September 17, 6pm-8pm:  People for the American Way sponsors a book-signing event with Jeff Clements for the release of Corporations Are Not People, CWA Headquarters, 501 3rd St NW, Washington, DC. RSVP here.
  • September 18, Noon-1pm: Heritage Foundation hosts an event entitled: "Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: The New Assaults on Campaign Speech," 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC. RSVP or watch online.
  • September 23: National Voter Registration Day 
  • September 30, 9:30am: Wagner v. FEC will be argued en banc before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. This case challenges the ban on federal contractors making federal campaign contributions.
  • October 15: 3rd quarter reports are due to the FEC for campaign committees and other committees that file quarterly reports.
  • November 12: Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, a redistricting case involving the packing of certain voters into a legislative district.
  • January 20, 2015: 5th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision
Money in Politics Legislation/Constitutional Amendments in 113th Congress
  • HR 20, Government By the People Act (Reps. Sarbanes/Pelosi, 159 cosponsors)
  • HR 94, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit the use of public funds for political party conventions (Rep. Cole; 2 cosponsors)
  • HR 95, a bill to end the presidential public financing system and to end public financing for party conventions (Rep. Cole; no cosponsors)
  • HR 128, Fairness in Political Advertising Act of 2013 (Rep. Kaptur, no cosponsors)
  • HR 148, DISCLOSE 2013 Act (Rep. Van Hollen, 86 cosponsors)
  • HR 186, a bill to to permit candidates for election for Federal office to designate an individual who will be authorized to disburse funds of the authorized campaign committees of the candidate in the event of the death of the candidate (Rep. Jones, no cosponsors)
  • HR 260, a bill to end the presidential public financing system, to end public financing for party conventions, and to terminate the Election Assistance Commission (Rep. Harper, 4 cosponsors)
  • HR 268, Grassroots Democracy Act (Rep. Sarbanes, 43 cosponsors)
  • HR 269, Fair Elections Now Act (Rep. Yarmuth, 69 cosponsors)
  • HR 270, Empowering Citizens Act (Rep. David Price, 30 cosponsors)
  • HR 464, a bill to lower the maximum allowable campaign contribution made by an individual to a federal candidate (Rep. Capuano, no cosponsors)
  • HR 465, Leadership PAC Limitation Act (Rep. Capuano, 2 cosponsors)
  • HR 648, Campaign Sunlight Act of 2013 (Rep. Deutch, 19 cosponsors)
  • HR 1111, a bill to impose a 500 percent excise tax on corporate contributions to political committees and on corporate expenditures on political advocacy campaigns (Rep. Grayson; no cosponsors)
  • HR 1112, a bill to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise its reporting requirements to require public companies to report certain expenditures made on spending other than the company's products or services, including political advertisements (Rep. Grayson, no cosponsors)
  • HR 1113, a bill to to make the antitrust laws applicable to a political committee under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 which is established and administered by a separate segregated fund of a corporation pursuant to section 316(b)(2)(C) of such Act (Rep. Grayson, no cosponsors)
  • HR 1114, a bill to extend the ban on the making of political contributions by certain government contractors to other for-profit recipients of federal funds and to limit the amount of contributions the employees of for-profit recipients of federal funds may make during any calendar year in which such funds are provided (Rep. Grayson, no cosponsors)
  • HR 1115, a bill to prohibit any national securities exchange from effecting any transaction in a security issued by a corporation unless the corporation's registration with the exchange includes a certification that the corporation currently is in compliance with the provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 governing contributions and expenditures by corporations which were in effect with respect to elections held during 2008 (Rep. Grayson, no cosponsors)
  • HR 1116, a bill to require the approval of a majority of a public company's shareholders for any expenditure by that company to influence public opinion on matters not related to the company's products or services (Rep. Grayson, no cosponsors)
  • HR 1117, a bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to apply the ban on contributions and expenditures by foreign nationals to domestic corporations in which foreign principals have an ownership interest (Rep. Grayson, no cosponsors)
  • HR 1118, a bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit corporations which employ or retain registered lobbyists from making expenditures or disbursements for electioneering communications under such Act (Rep. Grayson, no cosponsors)
  • HR 1119, a bill to prevent funding provided through the Federal Reserve System from being made available to corporations that finance political campaigns or political propaganda (Rep. Grayson, no cosponsors) 
  • HR 1338, Restoring Confidence in Our Democracy Act, a bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to reassert the authority of Congress to restrict spending by corporations and labor organizations on federal campaigns (Rep. Dingell, 17 cosponsors) 
  • HR 1626, Focusing the SEC on Its Mission Act, a bill to prohibit the SEC from requiring political disclosure (Rep. Wagner, 8 cosponsors) 
  • HR 1681, Restoring Confidence Through Smarter Campaigns Act, a bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for limitations on expenditures in elections for the House of Representatives (Rep. Higgins, no cosponsors)
  • HR 1734, Shareholder Protection Act of 2013 (Rep. Capuano, 36 cosponsors) 
  • HR 2019, a bill to eliminate taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and party conventions and reprogram savings to provide for a 10-year pediatric research initiative through the Common Fund administered by the National Institutes of Health, and for other purposes (Rep. Harper, 152 cosponsors; passed the House 295-103 on December 11) 
  • HR 2214, a bill to require publicly-traded companies to disclose to their shareholders certain political expenditures (Rep. Meng, 21 cosponsors)
  • HR 2520, 501(C)(4) Reform Act of 2013, a bill to prohibit any 501(c)(4) organization from engaging in any political campaign (Rep. Lujan Grisham, 18 cosponsors)
  • HR 2670, Openness in Political Expenditures Now (OPEN) Act (Rep. Cartwright, 28 cosponsors)
  • HR 3356, Clean Campaign Contributions Act of 2013 (Rep. Harris, 2 cosponsors)
  • HR 3466, No Political Funds for Personal Use Act (Rep. Jones, 3 cosponsors)
  • HR 3480, No Taxpayer Money for Corporate Campaigns Act of 2013 (Rep. Tsognas, 2 cosponsors)
  • HR 3487, a bill to expand the authority of the Federal Election Commission through 2018 to impose civil penalties for campaign finance violations (Rep. Miller, 8 cosponsors--passed House unanimously on November 18)
  • HR 3586, Citizen Involvement in Campaigns Act of 2013 (Rep. Petri, no cosponsors)
  • HR 3865, Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act (Rep. Camp, 66 cosponsors; passed the House 243-176 on February 26)
  • HR 4442, Real Time Transparency Act (Rep. O'Rourke, no cosponsors)
  • HR 4529, Stand by Every Ad Act (Rep. David Price, no cosponsors)
  • HR 5011, MERIT Act (Rep. Speier, 3 cosponsors) 
  • H.J. Res. 12, an amendment to the Constitution relating to limitations on the amounts of contributions and expenditures that may be made in connection with campaigns for election to public office (Rep. Kaptur; 1 cosponsor)
  • H.J. Res. 13, an amendment to the Constitution that would waive the application of the first article of amendment to the political speech of corporations and other business organizations with respect to the disbursement of funds in connection with public elections (Rep. Kaptur; no cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 14, an amendment to the Constitution that would waive the application of the first article of amendment to the political speech of corporations and other business organizations with respect to the disbursement of funds in connection with public elections and grant Congress and the States the power to establish limits on contributions and expenditures in elections for public office (Rep. Kaptur; no cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 20, an amendment to the Constitution that would grant Congress and the states the power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with respect to federal and state elections, respectively (Rep. McGovern, 37 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 21, an amendment to the Constitution clarifying the authority of Congress and the States to regulate corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state (Rep. McGovern, 36 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 25, an amendment to the Constitution clarifying the authority of Congress and the States to regulate the expenditure of funds for political activity by corporations (Rep. Edwards, 53 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 29, an amendment to the Constitution providing that the rights extended by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only and that the judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment (Rep. Nolan, 3 cosponsor)
  • H.J. Res. 31, an amendment to the Constitution clarifying that Congress and the States have authority to regulate contributions and expenditures in political campaigns and to enact public financing systems for such campaigns (Rep. Schiff, 20 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 32, an amendment to the Constitution giving Congress power to regulate campaign contributions for Federal elections (Rep. Schrader, no cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 34, an amendment to the Constitution to restore the rights of the American people that were taken away by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case and related decisions, to protect the integrity of our elections, and to limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process (Rep. Deutch, 75 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 107, an amendment to the Constitution to allow Congress to enact a mandatory public financing system for congressional elections (Rep. Yarmuth, 3 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 119, Democracy for All Amendment (Rep. Deutch, 117 cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 121, an amendment to the Constitution stating that nothing in the Constitution shall be construed to prohibit Congress or any state from imposing content-neutral limitations on contributions or expenditures used to refer to a federal election candidate (Rep. Carney, no cosponsors)
  • S. 64, a bill to prohibit authorized committees and leadership PAC's from employing the spouse or immediate family members of any candidate or federal office holder connected to the committee (Sen. Vitter, no cosponsors) 
  • S. 118, a bill to prohibit the use of public funds for political party conventions (Sen. Coburn, 1 cosponsor) 
  • S. 375, Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act, a bill to require Senators and candidates to file electronic copies of their campaign reports with the FEC (Sen. Tester, 50 cosponsors)
  • S. 525, a bill proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to restore the rights of the American people that were taken away by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case and related decisions, to protect the integrity of our elections, and to limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process (Sen. Sanders, no cosponsors) 
  • S. 791, Follow the Money Act, a bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require the disclosure of contributions and expenditures for independent election-related activity (Sen. Wyden, 1 cosponsor)
  • S. 824, Shareholder Protection Act, a bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require shareholder authorization before a public company may make certain political expenditures (Sen. Menendez, 12 cosponsors)
  • S. 2011, Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act (Sen. Flake, 40 cosponsors)
  • S. 2023, Fair Elections Now Act (Sen. Durbin, 19 cosponsors)
  • S. 2207, a bill requiring campaign committees to disclose donations of at least $1000 within 48 hours to the FEC (Sen. King, no cosponsors)
  • S. 2415, SuperPAC Elimination Act, a bill to eliminate contribution limits on candidate donations and require 24-hour disclosure (Sen. Cruz, no cosponsors)
  • S. 2416, Free All Speech Act of 2014 (Sen. Cruz, no cosponsors)
  • S. 2516, DISCLOSE Act of 2014 (Sen. Whitehouse, 51 cosponsors)
  • S. 2754, Lobbying and Campaign Finance Reform Act (Sen. Bennet, no cosponsors) 
  • S.J. Res. 5, an amendment to the Constitution clarifying that Congress and the States have authority to regulate contributions by corporations, entities organized and operated for profit, and labor organizations to a candidate for election to, or for nomination for election to, a federal/state office, and the power to regulate the expenditure of funds by corporations, entities organized and operated for profit, and labor organizations made in support of, or opposition to, such candidates (Sen. Baucus, 1 cosponsor)
  • S.J. Res. 11, an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to restore the rights of the American people that were taken away by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case and related decisions, to protect the integrity of our elections, and to limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process (Sen. Sanders, 1 cosponsor)
  • S.J. Res. 18, an amendment to the Constitution allowing Congress and the states to clarify the rights of corporations and corporate entities (Sen. Tester, 5 cosponsors)
  • S.J. Res. 19, an amendment to the Constitution allowing Congress to regulate and set limits on political spending (Sen. Tom Udall, 48 cosponsors--to be voted on by the full Senate in September)

Voting Rights Legislation/Constitutional Amendments in the 113th Congress
  • HR 12, Voter Empowerment Act (Rep. Lewis, 179 cosponsors)
  • HR 50, SIMPLE Voting Act (Rep. George Miller, 69 cosponsors)
  • HR 97, FAST Voting Act (Rep. Connolly, 7 cosponsors)
  • HR 280, Same Day Registration Act (Rep. Ellison, 11 cosponsors)
  • HR 281, Voter Access Protection Act (Rep. Ellison, 8 cosponsors)
  • HR 299, District of Columbia Voting Rights Restoration Act (Rep. Rohrabacher, no cosponsors)
  • HR 363, DC House Voting Rights Act (Rep. Norton, 30 cosponsors)
  • HR 376, Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act (Rep. Susan Davis, 24 cosponsors)
  • HR 775, Uninterrupted Elections Act (Rep. Griffith, 8 cosponsors) 
  • HR 1636, Federal Election Integrity Act of 2013 (Rep. Susan Davis, 4 cosponsors)
  • HR 1641, Weekend Voting Act (Rep. Israel, 4 cosponsors) 
  • HR 1994, Election Assistance Commission Termination Act (Rep. Harper, 1 cosponsor) 
  • HR 2115, Voter Registration Efficiency Act (Rep. Candice Miller, 3 cosponsors)
  • HR 2168, Helping Heroes Vote Act (Rep. Heck, no cosponsors) 
  • HR 2350, Time Off to Vote Act, a bill to provide employees with two of hours of paid leave to vote in federal elections (Rep. Cartwright, 28 cosponsors)
  • HR 2403, Securing America's Fair Elections (SAFE) Act (Rep. Gingrey, 9 cosponsors)
  • HR 2409, State Sovereignty in Voting Act (Rep. Salmon, 29 cosponsors)
  • HR 2829, a bill to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require voter registration applicants to affirmatively state that they meet certain application requirements (Rep. Culberson, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 3321, Voter ID Accessibility Act of 2013 (Rep. Cohen, no cosponsors)
  • HR 3576, Safeguarding Elections for Our Nation's Troops through Reforms and Improvements (SENTRI) Act (Rep. Kevin McCarthy, 20 cosponsors)
  • HR 3688, Ex-Offender Voter Registration Act of 2013 (Rep. Jeffries, 1 cosponsor) 
  • HR 3899, Voting Rights Amendment Act (Rep. Sensenbrenner, 171 cosponsors)
  • HR 4459, Democracy Restoration Act (Rep. Conyers, 28 cosponsors)
  • HR 5334, Open Our Democracy Act (Rep. Delaney, no cosponsors)
  • H.J. Res. 7, an amendment to the Constitution regarding presidential election voting rights for residents of all United States territories and commonwealths (Rep. Christensen, 1 cosponsor) 
  • H.J. Res. 44, an amendment to the Constitution clarifying that there is an inherent right to vote for all Americans (Rep. Pocan, 22 cosponsors) 
  • S. 9, Clean and Fair Elections Act (Sen. Reid, 19 cosponsors) 
  • S. 85, FAST Voting Act (Sen. Coons, 5 cosponsors) 
  • S. 123, Voter Empowerment Act (Sen. Gillibrand, 12 cosponsors)
  • S. 302, Voter Protection Integrity Act (Sen. Vitter, no cosponsors) 
  • S. 532, Same Day Registration Act (Sen. Klobuchar, 1 cosponsor)
  • S. 1336, a bill to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to permit States to require proof of citizenship for registration to vote in elections for Federal offices (Sen. Cruz, 10 cosponsors)
  • S. 1728, Safeguarding Elections for Our Nation's Troops through Reforms and Improvements (SENTRI) Act (Sen. Cornyn, 14 cosponsors)
  • S. 1937, Elections Preparedness Requires Early Planning (Elections PREP) Act (Sen. Schumer, no cosponsors)
  • S. 1945, Voting Rights Amendment Act (Sen. Leahy, 9 cosponsors)
  • S. 2017,  LINE Act (Sen. Boxer, 1 cosponsor)
  • S. 2235, Democracy Restoration Act (Sen. Cardin, 10 cosponsors)
  • S. 2399, Native Voting Rights Act (Sen. Begich, 6 cosponsors)
  • S. 2550, Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act (Sen. Paul, 1 cosponsor)

Redistricting Reform Legislation in the 113th Congress
  • HR 223, John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act (Rep. Barrow, 8 cosponsors)
  • HR 278, John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act (Rep. Cohen, 12 cosponsors)
  • HR 337, Redistricting Transparency Act (Rep. Cooper, 12 cosponsors)
  • HR 2490, Coretta Scott King Mid-Decade Redistricting Prohibition Act of 2013 (Rep. Jackson Lee, 4 cosponsors)
  • HR 2756, Redistricting and Voter Protection Act of 2013 (Rep. Al Green, 7 cosponsors)
  • HR 2758, Redistricting Reform Act of 2013 (Rep. Lofgren, no cosponsors)
  • HR 2928, Fair and Independent Redistricting Act (Rep. Brownley, 6 cosponsors)
  • HR 2978, Let the People Draw the Lines Act of 2013 (Rep. Lowenthal, 3 cosponsors)
  • HR 3906, Fixing America's Inconsistent Redistricting (FAIR) Act (Rep. Braley, 1 cosponsor)

Other Reform Legislation in the 113th Congress
  • HR 53, a bill to increase the period of time from one year to years in which former Members of Congress must wait to engage in certain lobbying activities (Rep. Fitzpatrick, no cosponsors)
  • HR 195, Ethics in Foreign Lobbying Act of 2013 (Rep. Kaptur, no cosponsors)
  • HR 362, DC Equal Representation Act (Rep. Norton, 31 cosponsors)
  • HR 440, Stop the Revolving Door in Washington Act (Rep. Posey, 4 cosponsors)
  • HR 442, End the Congressional Revolving Door Act (Rep. Posey, no cosponsors)
  • HR 760, Readable Legislation Act (Rep. Amash, 28 cosponsors)
  • HR 917, Sunshine in the Courtroom Act (Rep. King, 4 cosponsors)
  • HR 1133, Presidential Library Donation Reform Act (Rep. Duncan, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 1203, Judicial Transparency and Ethics Enhancement Act (Rep. Sensenbrenner, no cosponsors)
  • HR 1211, FOIA Act (Rep. Issa, 2 cosponsors)
  • HR 1233, Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments (Rep. Cummings, no cosponsors; passed House 420-0 on January 14)
  • HR 1234, Electronic Message Preservation Act (Rep. Cummings, no cosponsors)
  • HR 1380, Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (Rep. Quigley, 17 cosponsors)
  • HR 1594, a bill to prohibit the use of federal funds for portraits of Members of Congress and heads of agencies (Rep. Cassidy, 15 cosponsors)
  • HR 1831, Read the Bills Act (Rep. Bentivolio, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 1870, Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act (Rep. Ryan, 6 cosponsors)
  • HR 2221, Sunshine on Government Act (Rep. Crawford, 12 cosponsors)
  • HR 2696, a bill to require agencies to provide a report describing any proposed conference (Rep. Kind, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 2902, Supreme Court Ethics Act of 2013 (Rep. Slaughter, 105 cosponsors)
  • HR 4245, Transparency in Government Act (Rep. Quigley, 1 cosponsor)
  • HR 4632, a bill to prevent Members of Congress from using their official office budgets to pay for non-coach class airline travel (Rep. Gosar, 7 cosponsors)
  • HR 4872, Ending Special Mail Privileges for Congress Act of 2014 (Rep. Woodall, 2 cosponsor)
  • HR 5095, ETHICS Act (Rep. Cicilline, 55 cosponsors) 
  • S. 126, Earmark Elimination Act (Sen. Toomey, 10 cosponsors) 
  • S. 405, Sunshine in the Courtroom Act (Sen. Grassley, 7 cosponsors)
  • S. 575, Judicial Transparency and Ethics Enhancement Act (Sen. Grassley, no cosponsors)
  • S. 1207, Cameras in the Courtroom Act (Sen. Durbin, 4 cosponsors)
  • S. 1424, Supreme Court Ethics Act of 2013 (Sen. Murphy, 6 cosponsors)
  • S. 1664, One Subject at a Time Act (Sen. Paul, no cosponsors)
  • S. 2417, a bill to provide greater controls and restrictions on revolving door lobbying (Sen. Bennet, 2 cosponsor)
  • S. 2520, FOIA Improvement Act (Sen. Leahy, 3 cosponsor)

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