8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill amends the Election Code by adding provisions relating to independent
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . defines terms;
15 . requires that, when a person makes total independent expenditures (i.e., an
16 expenditure expressly advocating the success or defeat of a candidate or ballot
17 proposition that is not made in coordination with the candidate or certain other
18 persons) of $1,000 or more, the person is required to file a report relating to the
19 independent expenditures;
20 . describes the content of an independent expenditure report;
21 . provides that an independent expenditure report is a public record;
22 . requires a person who files an independent expenditure report to preserve records
23 relating to the report for at least two years; and
24 . establishes penalties for failing to timely file an independent expenditure report.
25 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
27 Other Special Clauses:
29 Utah Code Sections Affected:
31 20A-11-1701 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
32 20A-11-1702 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
33 20A-11-1703 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
34 20A-11-1704 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
35 20A-11-1705 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
36 20A-11-1706 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
38 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
39 Section 1. Section 20A-11-1701 is enacted to read:
41 20A-11-1701. Title.
42 This part is known as "Independent Expenditures."
43 Section 2. Section 20A-11-1702 is enacted to read:
44 20A-11-1702. Definitions.
45 As used in this part:
46 (1) "Clearly identified" means:
47 (a) the name of the candidate appears;
48 (b) a photograph or drawing of the candidate appears; or
49 (c) the identity of the candidate or ballot proposition is apparent by unambiguous
51 (2) (a) "Independent expenditure" means an expenditure by a person expressly
52 advocating the success or defeat of a clearly identified candidate or ballot proposition if the
53 expenditure is not made in coordination with, or at the request or suggestion of:
54 (i) a candidate;
55 (ii) a candidate's personal campaign committee;
56 (iii) a member of a candidate's personal campaign committee;
57 (iv) a political action committee for which the candidate is an officer with primary
58 decision making authority;
59 (v) an agent of a candidate; or
60 (vi) a political issues committee.
61 (b) "Independent expenditure" includes:
62 (i) the cost of creating and disseminating material for a public communication,
63 including design and production costs; and
64 (ii) a contract or other promise to make an expenditure described in Subsection (2)(a)
65 or (2)(b)(i).
66 (3) (a) "Public communication" means a communication by:
67 (i) broadcast, cable, satellite communication, newspaper, magazine, outdoor
68 advertising facility, mass mailing, or telephone bank; or
69 (ii) another medium used for political advertising to the general public.
70 (b) "Public communication" does not include:
71 (i) a news story, a commentary, or an editorial disseminated by a broadcasting station,
72 including a cable television operator, programmer, or producer, satellite television or radio
73 provider, website, newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication, that is not controlled
74 by a candidate or political party; or
75 (ii) a candidate debate or forum.
76 (4) "Telephone bank" means 500 or more identical or substantially similar telephone
77 calls within any 30-day period.
78 Section 3. Section 20A-11-1703 is enacted to read:
79 20A-11-1703. Exception.
80 A registered political party is not required to comply with the requirements of this part.
81 Section 4. Section 20A-11-1704 is enacted to read:
82 20A-11-1704. Independent expenditure report.
83 (1) Except as provided in Section 20A-11-1703 , within two days after the day on
84 which a person has made a total of at least $1,000 in independent expenditures during an
85 election cycle, the person shall file an independent expenditure report with the chief election
87 (2) Except as provided in Section 20A-11-1703 , within two days after the day on
88 which a person has made a total of at least $1,000 in independent expenditures during an
89 election cycle that were not reported in an independent expenditure report already filed with the
90 chief election officer during the same election cycle, the person shall file another independent
91 expenditure report with the chief election officer.
92 (3) An independent expenditure report shall include the following information:
93 (a) if the person who made the independent expenditures is an individual, the person's
94 name, address, and phone number;
95 (b) if the person who made the independent expenditures is not an individual:
96 (i) the person's name, address, and phone number; and
97 (ii) the name, address, and phone number of an individual who may be contacted by the
98 chief election officer in relation to the independent expenditure report; and
99 (c) for each independent expenditure made by the person during the current election
100 cycle that was not reported in a previous independent expenditure report:
101 (i) the date of the independent expenditure;
102 (ii) the amount of the independent expenditure;
103 (iii) the candidate or ballot proposition for which the independent expenditure
104 expressly advocates the success or defeat and a description of whether the independent
105 expenditure supports or opposes the candidate or ballot proposition;
106 (iv) the identity, address, and phone number of the person to whom the independent
107 expenditure was made;
108 (v) a description of the goods or services obtained by the independent expenditure; and
109 (vi) for each person who, for political purposes, made cumulative donations of $1,000
110 or more during the current election cycle to the filer of the independent expenditure report:
111 (A) the identity, address, and phone number of the person;
112 (B) the date of the donation; and
113 (C) the amount of the donation.
114 (4) (a) If the person filing an independent expenditure report is an individual, the
115 person shall sign the independent expenditure report and certify that the information contained
116 in the report is complete and accurate.
117 (b) If the person filing an independent expenditure report is not an individual:
118 (i) the person filing the independent expenditure report shall designate an authorized
119 individual to sign the independent expenditure report on behalf of the person; and
120 (ii) the individual designated under Subsection (4)(b)(i) shall sign the independent
121 expenditure report and certify that the information contained in the report is complete and
123 (5) If a person who files an independent expenditure report previously filed an
124 independent expenditure report during, or in relation to, the same election cycle that includes
125 information, described in Subsection (3)(a) or (b), that has changed since the person filed the
126 previous independent expenditure report, the person shall include in the most recent
127 independent expenditure report a description of the information that has changed that includes
128 both the old information and the new information.
129 (6) An independent expenditure report is a public record under Title 63G, Chapter 2,
130 Government Records Access and Management Act.
131 Section 5. Section 20A-11-1705 is enacted to read:
132 20A-11-1705. Detailed records.
133 A person who files an independent expenditure report shall keep records of all
134 independent expenditures made by the person, including receipts, and all donations described
135 in Subsection 20A-11-1704 (3)(c)(vi), for at least two years after the day on which the
136 independent expenditure report to which the records relate is filed.
137 Section 6. Section 20A-11-1706 is enacted to read:
138 20A-11-1706. Penalties.
139 (1) The chief election officer shall impose a $100 fine against an individual who fails
140 to file an independent expenditure report within the time period required by this part.
141 (2) The chief election officer shall impose a $1000 fine against a person who is not an
142 individual who fails to file an independent expenditure report within the time period required
143 by this part.
144 (3) The chief election officer shall deposit fines collected under this chapter in the
145 General Fund.
Legislative Review Note
as of 11-20-13 3:28 PM