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Monday, November 16, 2015

 1:37 PM 

Campaign finance bill passes with no debate

The amended campaign finance bill cleared the Assembly on a 59-0 vote.

The bill passed the Senate 17-14 near midnight Nov. 6, with Sen. Rob Cowles, R-Green Bay, joining Dems in opposition.

Details of the amended bill include:

* Current law sets a $100 contribution threshold per year for candidates to report the occupation and employer of donors. Under the bill, there no longer is a requirement to report the employer, and the occupation-reporting threshold goes up to $200.

* The amended bill lowers the threshold for a PAC or independent expenditure registration to $2,500 from $5,000.

* The bill creates an additional restriction on the unlimited contributions to the segregated account of a political party or legislative campaign committee. The bill would not let the parties or legislative committees use that money to make a contribution to a candidate. The amended bill also would restrict the money in that the segregated account could not be used for disbursements on express advocacy.

* The amended bill places a $12,000 per calendar year limit on the contributions a corporation, labor union or Native American tribe can make to an independent expenditure committee, a referendum committee, or a segregated fund created by a political party or legislative campaign committee.

* The amended bill also makes a series of changes to the provisions dealing with coordination.

Dems who recused themselves from the original vote on the bill were not allowed to vote today. 


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