Government Administration and Elections Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5471

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES.

Vote Date:

3/24/2010

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/12/2010

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Government Administration and Elections Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To ensure that independent expenditures are properly reported and attributed to the proper entities.

SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE:

Substitute language LCO# 2838 on file redefines “agent”.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Albert P. Lenge, Executive Director, State Elections Enforcement Commission: Supports this bill as a vital piece of legislation intended to bring Connecticut's campaign finance laws into line with the recent Supreme Court decision Citizens' United v FEC.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Karen Hobert Flynn, Vice President for State Operations, Common Cause; Supports this bill because it takes important steps to increase disclosure of independent expenditures. It is important to require all groups to disclose their activities. She also supports the threshold of more than $1000.00, but believes these should be reported within 24 hours.

Christine Horrigan, Government Director, League of Women Voters; Supports this bill, as it creates a new category of allowable independent expenditures. She is pleased that the bill contains “stand by your ad” provisions and the language on “coordination” has been expanded. She also believes that the expenditures should be disclosed in “real time” through the use of electronic filing.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None expressed

Reported by: Pamela Bianca

Date: 03/30/2010