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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: June 3, 2015 11:40 AM
From: Representative Steven J. Santarsiero
To: All House members
Subject: Contribution Limits-Campaign Finance Reform
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to establish campaign contribution limits for candidates for elected office in Pennsylvania.
There is no single factor that undermines our democracy more than the influence of big money in elections. Restrictions on campaign donations should be put in place, not because our candidates and officials lack integrity, but because the race for campaign cash forces priorities and practices within our system of elections that collide with the very essence of democracy.

My legislation implements the same contribution limits as those imposed for federal elections under the Federal Election Campaign Act; however, they would apply to all candidates seeking state or municipal office. In addition, similar to Federal law, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, as opposed to the Federal Elections Commission, would increase contribution limits in odd-numbered years based on inflation.

Currently, twelve states- Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Pennsylvania- do not impose limits on campaign contributions to candidates. It is unfortunate that Pennsylvania has the dubious distinction of being one of these twelve states. By imposing caps on certain types of contributions, we can send a message to our constituents that it is their votes that influence our decision-making rather than campaign donations. Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB50