House File 67 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1limiting campaign contributions to certain candidates
2and making civil and criminal penalties applicable.
3BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  68A.507  Contribution limits for
2candidates.
   31.  For the purposes of this section, “election campaign
4cycle”
means the time period between elections for a particular
5office. Each primary, general, and special election is a
6separate election campaign cycle. Separate contribution limits
7for each type of election for a particular office, including
8primary, general, and special elections, apply in an election
9campaign cycle.
   102.  A person shall not make, and a candidate, candidate’s
11committee, or anyone acting on behalf of any candidate or
12candidate’s committee shall not accept, any contribution which
13will cause the total amount of the person’s contributions to
14a candidate or candidate’s committee to exceed the following
15amounts for an election campaign cycle:
   16a.  From a political committee that contributes to five or
17more candidates, five thousand dollars.
   18b.  From a political committee that contributes to fewer than
19five candidates, two thousand seven hundred dollars.
   20c.  From a national political party, state statutory
21political committee, or county statutory political committee,
22five thousand dollars.
   23d.  From any other person, two thousand seven hundred
24dollars.
   253.  This section applies to candidates for state senator,
26state representative, and the office of a statewide elected
27official as defined in section 68B.2.
28EXPLANATION
29The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
30the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   31This bill imposes campaign contribution limits on candidates
32for state senator or representative and candidates for
33statewide elected office. In an election campaign cycle,
34a political committee that contributes to five or more
35candidates shall not contribute more than $5,000 to one
-1-1candidate; a political committee that contributes to fewer
2than five candidates shall not contribute more than $2,700 to
3one candidate; a national political party, state statutory
4political committee, or county statutory political committee
5shall not contribute more than $5,000; and no other person
6shall contribute more than $2,700.
   7A person who willfully violates the bill is, pursuant to Code
8section 68A.701, guilty of a serious misdemeanor. A serious
9misdemeanor is punishable by confinement for no more than one
10year and a fine of at least $430 but not more than $2,560.
   11A variety of civil remedies are also available in Code
12section 68B.32D for a violation of the bill, ranging from a
13reprimand to a civil penalty of not more than $2,000.
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