56.15  Financial institution, insurance company, and corporation restrictions.

1.  Except as provided in subsections 3 and 4, it is unlawful for an insurance company, savings and loan association, bank, credit union, or corporation organized pursuant to the laws of this state, the United States, or any other state, territory, or foreign country, whether for profit or not, or an officer, agent, or representative acting for such insurance company, savings and loan association, bank, credit union, or corporation, to contribute any money, property, labor, or thing of value, directly or indirectly, to a committee, or for the purpose of influencing the vote of an elector, except that such resources may be so expended in connection with a utility franchise election held pursuant to section 364.2, subsection 4, or a ballot issue. All such expenditures are subject to the disclosure requirements of this chapter.

2.  Except as provided in subsection 3, it is unlawful for a member of a committee, or its employee or representative, except a ballot issue committee, or for a candidate for office or the representative of the candidate, to solicit, request, or knowingly receive from an insurance company, savings and loan association, bank, credit union, or corporation organized pursuant to the laws of this state, the United States, or any other state, territory, or foreign country, whether for profit or not, or its officer, agent, or representative, any money, property, or thing of value belonging to the insurance company, savings and loan association, bank, or corporation for campaign expenses, or for the purpose of influencing the vote of an elector. This section does not restrain or abridge the freedom of the press or prohibit the consideration and discussion in the press of candidacies, nominations, public officers, or public questions.

3.  It is lawful for an insurance company, savings and loan association, bank, credit union, and corporation organized pursuant to the laws of this state, the United States, or any other state or territory, whether or not for profit, and for their officers, agents, and representatives, to use the money, property, labor, or any other thing of value of the entity for the purposes of soliciting its stockholders, administrative officers, and members for contributions to a committee sponsored by that entity and of financing the administration of a committee sponsored by that entity. The entity's employees to whom the foregoing authority does not extend may voluntarily contribute to such a committee but shall not be solicited for contributions. All contributions made under this subsection are subject to the disclosure requirements of this chapter. A committee member, committee employee, committee representative, candidate, or representative referred to in subsection 2 lawfully may solicit, request, and receive money, property and other things of value from a committee sponsored by an insurance company, savings and loan association, bank, credit union, or corporation as permitted by this subsection.

4.  The restrictions imposed by this section relative to making, soliciting or receiving contributions shall not apply to a nonprofit corporation or organization which uses those contributions to encourage registration of voters and participation in the political process, or to publicize public issues, or both, but does not use any part of those contributions to endorse or oppose any candidate for public office. A nonprofit corporation or organization may use contributions solicited or received to support or oppose ballot issues but the expenditures shall be disclosed by the nonprofit corporation or organization in the manner provided for a permanent organization temporarily engaged in a political activity under section 56.6.

This section does not prohibit a family farm corporation, as defined in section 9H.1, from placing a yard sign on agricultural land, and does not prohibit the placement of yard signs, with the prior written permission of the individual property owner, on property rented or leased by a corporation from private individuals, subject to the requirements of section 56.14. This section also does not prohibit the placement of a yard sign on residential property that is owned by a corporation, but rented or leased to a private individual, if the prior permission of the renter or lessee is obtained.

5.  Any person convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a serious misdemeanor.

Section History: Early form

  [S13, § 1641-h, -i, -k; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 8405-8407; C46, 50, 54, 58, § 491.69-491.71; C62, 66, 71, 73, 75, § 491.69-491.71, 496A.145; C77, 79, 81, § 56.29; 81 Acts, ch 35, § 14]

Section History: Recent form

  83 Acts, ch 139, § 13, 14

  C91, § 56.15

  93 Acts, ch 142, § 9; 94 Acts, ch 1178, §2; 95 Acts, ch 198, §14

Internal References

  Referred to in § 56.5


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