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Amendment

 

January Session, 2017

LCO No. 7832

   
 

*HB0558907832HRO*

Offered by:

 

REP. KLARIDES, 114th Dist.

REP. CANDELORA, 86th Dist.

REP. HOYDICK, 120th Dist.

REP. O'DEA, 125th Dist.

REP. O'NEILL, 69th Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 5589

File No. 577

Cal. No. 379

(As Amended)

"AN ACT CONCERNING CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM. "

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Section 9-718 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes and except as provided in subsection [ (e)] (g) of this section, no town committee, legislative caucus committee or legislative leadership committee shall make an organization expenditure for the benefit of a participating candidate or the candidate committee of a participating candidate in the Citizens' Election Program for the office of state senator in an amount that exceeds ten thousand dollars for the general election campaign.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes no party committee, legislative caucus committee or legislative leadership committee shall make an organization expenditure for the purposes described in subparagraph (A) of subdivision (25) of section 9-601, as amended by this act, for the benefit of a participating candidate or the candidate committee of a participating candidate in the Citizens' Election Program for the office of state senator for the primary campaign.

(c) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes and except as provided in subsection [ (e)] (g) of this section, no town committee, legislative caucus committee or legislative leadership committee shall make an organization expenditure for the benefit of a participating candidate or the candidate committee of a participating candidate in the Citizens' Election Program for the office of state representative in an amount that exceeds three thousand five hundred dollars for the general election campaign.

(d) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, no party committee, legislative caucus committee or legislative leadership committee shall make an organization expenditure for the purposes described in subparagraph (A) of subdivision (25) of section 9-601, as amended by this act, for the benefit of a participating candidate or the candidate committee of a participating candidate in the Citizens' Election Program for the office of state representative for the primary campaign.

(e) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes and except as provided in subsection (h) of this section, no party committee shall make an organization expenditure for the benefit of a participating candidate or the candidate committee of a participating candidate in the Citizens' Election Program for the office of Governor in an amount that exceeds two hundred fifty thousand dollars, in the aggregate, for the general election campaign.

(f) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes and except as provided in subsection (h) of this section, no party committee shall make an organization expenditure for the benefit of a participating candidate or the candidate committee of a participating candidate in the Citizens' Election Program for the office of Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the State, State Comptroller, State Treasurer or Attorney General in an amount that exceeds seventy-five thousand dollars, in the aggregate, for the general election campaign.

[ (e)] (g) For any election for state senator or state representative held in 2014, and thereafter, the amount of the limitations on organization expenditures provided in subsections (a) and (c) of this section shall be adjusted by the State Elections Enforcement Commission not later than January 15, 2014, and biennially thereafter, in accordance with any change in the consumer price index for all urban consumers as published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, during the period beginning on January 1, 2010, and ending on December thirty-first in the year preceding the year in which said adjustment is to be made.

(h) For any election for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the State, State Comptroller, State Treasurer or Attorney General held in 2022, and thereafter, the amount of the limitations on organization expenditures provided in subsections (e) and (f) of this section shall be adjusted by the State Elections Enforcement Commission not later than January 15, 2022, and quadrennially thereafter, in accordance with any change in the consumer price index for all urban consumers as published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, during the period beginning on January 1, 2018, and ending on December thirty-first in the year preceding the year in which said adjustment is to be made.

Sec. 502. Subsection (a) of section 9-601c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) (1) As used in this chapter and chapter 157, [ the term] "independent expenditure" means an expenditure, as defined in section 9-601b, that is made without the consent, coordination [ ,] or consultation of [ ,] a candidate, [ or agent of the candidate,] candidate committee, political committee or party committee or any agent of such candidate or committee.

(2) As used in this section, (A) "coordinated spender" means, with respect to a candidate or committee, any person on whose behalf during an election cycle the candidate, committee or any agent of the candidate or committee solicits funds or engages in fundraising activity, (B) "candidate" includes any person who, during an election cycle, becomes a candidate later in such election cycle and benefits from any expenditure (i) made by a coordinated spender, or (ii) that is not an independent expenditure, and (C) "election cycle" means, with respect to an office to which a person seeks nomination or election, the period beginning the day after the previous regular election for such office and ending the day of the immediately following regular election for such office.

(3) Any expenditure made by a coordinated spender, as defined in subdivision (2) of this subsection, shall be deemed to have been made with the consent, coordination or consultation of the candidate, committee or any agent of the candidate or committee."

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Sec. 501

from passage

9-718

Sec. 502

from passage

9-601c(a)