UT Rep (again) Introduces Bill to Limit Contributions

Utah Political Capital (1/12): “This is not King’s first attempt to reign in campaign contributions. King has run similar legislation for the past four years, however, each time King comes a little bit closer. The 2010 bill died in committee while the 2014 bill failed on a very close 35-38 vote in the House.

“If passed, HB 60 would limit contributions from political action committees, corporations, and other individuals. A maximum of $5,000 could be donated to a legislative, judicial, or school board candidate. Donations to a current state office-holder would be limited to $10,000. Donations to political parties, political action committees, and labor organizations would be capped at $40,000. Under the bill, violating these limits would be a class B misdemeanor.”

UT City Council, Mayor Signed Resolution Against Citizens United

St. Louis Tribune: “Mayor Ralph Becker and the City Council signed a joint resolution Tuesday recognizing opposition to the 2010 “”Citizens United”” Supreme Court decision that opened funding floodgates in political campaigns.

The action, acknowledged that 89 percent of Salt Lake City voters who responded to the city’s 2013 opinion question opposed the “”Citizens United”” ruling, which found that corporations were people and money was speech and government could not legally restrict independent political contributions.

According to a statement from the Utah Chapter of the national grassroots organization called Move to Amend, Salt Lake City will join over 600 U.S. cities opposed to the Supreme Court ruling.”

UT Committee Declines to Endorse Bill to Impose First Campaign Finance Limits

Utah Political Capitol: “In September, lawmakers on the Government Operations Interim Committee effectively punted on taking action on the issue of campaign contribution limits. On Wednesday, the chickens came home to roost during the final meeting of the committee prior to the start of the 2015 legislative session.”

“Representative Brian “King’s proposed legislation was refined from September’s meeting to reduce fears and clarify that campaign finance limits would be adjusted for inflation, prevent aggregate limits (as allowed after the recent FEC v. McCutcheon case), and self-funded campaigns would still be allowed under the proposed legislation.”

“Senator Scott Jenkins (Republican – Plain City) has consistently fought King on such legislation, and Wednesday was no different.

“During a close roll call vote, King’s bill would ultimately fail to get the blessing of the committee. Due to committee rules, the recommendation has to have the support of a majority of the House member and a majority of Senate members. King’s bill received the approval of House members, however a majority was not had from the senators sitting on the committee.”

“King can still run the proposed legislation during the 2015 session, however it will not have the stamp of approval from the committee, making its passage more difficult.”