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A03957
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
1472
Session of
2023
INTRODUCED BY SOLOMON, KENYATTA, MADDEN, PROBST, TAKAC, HILL-
EVANS, RABB, ISAACSON, KINSEY, SANCHEZ, ROZZI AND NEILSON,
JUNE 21, 2023
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT, JUNE 21, 2023
AN ACT
Amending the act of June 3, 1937 (P.L.1333, No.320), entitled
"An act concerning elections, including general, municipal,
special and primary elections, the nomination of candidates,
primary and election expenses and election contests; creating
and defining membership of county boards of elections;
imposing duties upon the Secretary of the Commonwealth,
courts, county boards of elections, county commissioners;
imposing penalties for violation of the act, and codifying,
revising and consolidating the laws relating thereto; and
repealing certain acts and parts of acts relating to
elections," in primary and election expenses, further
providing for reporting by candidate and political committees
and other persons and for late contributions and independent
expenditures.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Sections 1626(g) and 1628 of the act of June 3,
1937 (P.L.1333, No.320), known as the Pennsylvania Election
Code, are amended to read:
Section 1626. Reporting by Candidate and Political
Committees and other Persons.--
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Section 1. Sections 1626(c) and (g) and 1628 of the act of
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June 3, 1937 (P.L.1333, No.320), known as the Pennsylvania
Election Code, are amended to read:
Section 1626. Reporting by Candidate and Political
Committees and other Persons.--
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(c) The following shall apply:
(1) Vouchers or copies of vouchers for all sums expended
amounting to more than twenty-five dollars ($25) shall be
retained by the candidate or the committee treasurer and shall
be available for public inspection and copying as herein
provided.
(2) Any person may inspect or copy such vouchers or copies
thereof by filing a written request with the appropriate
supervisory office which shall notify the candidate or political
committee of such request.
(3) The candidate or political committee shall have the
option of either forwarding such vouchers or copy of the same to
the supervisor for such purpose or making the vouchers or copy
of the same available to the requesting person.
(4) If a candidate or a treasurer of a political committee
shall fail to make said vouchers or copies thereof available for
inspection and copying when requested by the appropriate
supervisory officer, such officer shall [direct] order the
candidate or political committee to [promptly] deliver the
vouchers or copies thereof to the supervisory office within two
(2) days for purposes of inspection and copying.
(5) If the candidate or the treasurer of the political
committee fails to deliver the vouchers or copies within two (2)
days of the order under clause (4), the Secretary of the
Commonwealth shall impose an administrative penalty of no more
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than five hundred dollars ($500) on the candidate or the
political committee for each day the candidate or the treasurer
of the political committee fails to comply with the order.
(6) If the candidate or the treasurer of the political
committee fails to deliver the vouchers or copies within thirty
(30) days after the imposition of the administrative penalty
under clause (5), the Secretary of the Commonwealth shall refer
the matter to the Attorney General for investigation.
(7) Costs of copying and costs of delivery by the candidate
or treasurer of the requested vouchers or copies thereof shall
be borne by the person requesting same.
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(g) Every person, including a civic league or organization
not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the
promotion of social welfare under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(4)
(relating to exemption from tax on corporations, certain trusts,
etc.), other than a political committee or candidate, who makes
independent expenditures expressly advocating the election or
defeat of a clearly identified candidate, or question appearing
on the ballot, other than by contribution to a political
committee or candidate, in [an aggregate amount in excess of one
hundred dollars ($100)] any amount during a calendar year shall
file with the appropriate supervisor, on a form prepared by the
Secretary of the Commonwealth, a report which shall include the
same information required of a candidate or political committee
receiving such a contribution and, additionally, the name of the
candidate or question supported or opposed. Reports required by
this subsection shall be filed on dates on which reports by
political committees making expenditures are required to report
under this section.
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Section 1628. Late Contributions and Independent
Expenditures.--Any candidate or political committee, authorized
by a candidate and created solely for the purpose of influencing
an election on behalf of that candidate, which receives any
contribution or pledge of five hundred dollars ($500) or more,
and any person, including a civic league or organization not
organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion
of social welfare under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(4) (relating to
exemption from tax on corporations, certain trusts, etc.),
making an independent expenditure, as defined by this act, of
[five hundred dollars ($500) or more] any amount after the final
pre-election report has been deemed completed shall report such
contribution, pledge or expenditure to the appropriate
supervisor. Such report shall be sent by the candidate, chairman
or treasurer of the political committee within twenty-four (24)
hours of receipt of the contribution. It shall be the duty of
the supervisor to confirm the substance of such report. The
report shall be made by telegram, mailgram, overnight mail or
facsimile transmission. Any candidate in his own behalf, or
chairman, treasurer or candidate in behalf of the political
committee may also comply with this section by appearing
personally before such supervisor and reporting such late
contributions or pledges.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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