For Immediate Release: January 26, 2015
Contact: Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator
Utah House Democratic Caucus
Campaign Finance Reform High Priority of Democratic Legislator
Salt Lake City– House Democratic Leader Brian King will be presenting his Campaign Contribution Limits bill tomorrow in Government Operations Standing Committee beginning at 2:00 pm in House Room 30. Representative King has run a similar bill for the past two years, encouraging the state to adopt stricter regulations on donations to political campaigns, committees and candidates. Last year the bill made it out of committee, but failed in the House by 3 votes.
Based on the 2009 recommendations from the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy, the new regulations would define a contribution cycle as a two year period beginning on the January 1st of an odd numbered year, and ending on December 31st of the following year. The new law would cap donations for statewide candidates to $10,000.00 and legislative candidates to $5,000.00 from an individual donor in any contribution cycle, depending on the organization receiving the donation.
Representative King said, “Utah is one of four states with no campaign contribution limits. These limits are necessary to reduce the potential undue influence on officeholders and reengage the public in their government.”
What: Campaign Contribution Limits, HB 60
Who: Representative Brian King, House Democratic Leader
When: January 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Where: House Building Room 30
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