DearColleague.us

Letter

From the office of:

Tom Malinowski

Sending Office: Honorable Tom Malinowski
Sent By:
Benji.Schwartz@mail.house.gov

Organizational Endorsements: Common Cause, Campaign Legal Center

Dear Colleague,

I am writing to request your support for a bill that closes loopholes that allow for candidates and campaigns to raise money for Super PACs.

The bill, titled “Create Legitimate Election Accountability Now Act” (CLEAN Act) will block off two loopholes that campaigns currently use to raise money for friendly Super PACs. The first is that campaigns and candidates are allowed to endorse certain Super
PACs and direct supporters to donate to these entities – the bill directly bans this kind of behavior.

The second loophole the CLEAN Act closes is that candidates and campaign officials have been allowed to attend, speak, or be featured guests at fundraising events for Super PACs – the CLEAN act similarly bans this kind of behavior.

In the ten years since the Citizens United decision passed, we have seen how harmful the effect of unregulated billions entering our politics has been. This bill will work to add some necessary barriers between politicians and candidates and moneyed
interests.

If you have any questions or would like to sign on, please reach out to Benji Schwartz (Benji.schwartz@mail.house.gov)

Sincerely,
Tom Malinowski

TEXT:

To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit solicitation of funds for or on behalf of Super PACs by authorized committees of candidates and political party committees, and for other purposes. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Create Legitimate Election Accountability Now Act’’ or the ‘‘CLEAN Act’’. 

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON SOLICITATION OF FUNDS FOR SUPER PACS BY CANDIDATE AND POLITICAL PARTY COMMITTEES.

Title III of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30101 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

‘‘SEC. 325. PROHIBITION ON SOLICITATION OF FUNDS FOR SUPER PACS.

‘‘A candidate, an authorized committee of a candidate, or a committee of a political party, or any entity established, financed, maintained, or controlled by a candidate, authorized committee, or committee of a political party, shall not solicit any funds
for, or on behalf of, any political committee which accepts donations or contributions that do not comply with the limitations, prohibitions, and reporting requirements of this Act (or for, or on behalf of, any account of a political committee which is established
for the purpose of accepting such donations or contributions), and shall not attend, speak, or be a featured guest at a fundraising event for such a political committee or such an account of a political committee.’’.

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