PROPOSED RULE

At its August 11, 2011, meeting, the Texas Ethics Commission voted to propose the following rules.  The Ethics Commission invites public comment on the rules.  A written statement should be mailed or delivered to Natalia Luna Ashley, Texas Ethics Commission, P.O. Box 12070, Austin, Texas 78711-2070, or by facsimile (FAX) to (512) 463-5777.  A person who wants to offer spoken comments to the commission concerning the proposed rules may do so at any commission meeting during the public comment period at a commission meeting when the commission considers the proposed rules.  Information concerning the time and location of commission meetings is available at http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/tec/meetings.htm or by telephoning (512) 463-5800.

Political Contributions Maintained
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Staff Reimbursement
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Content of Candidate’s Report
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Content of Officeholder’s Report
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Content of Specific-Purpose Committee Report
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Content of General-Purpose Committee Report
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Direct Campaign Expenditures
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Restrictions on Corporate and Labor Organization
Contributions and Expenditures
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Direct Campaign Expenditures on Measure
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Lobby Registration
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Political Contributions Maintained
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Proposed new language is indicated by underlined text.
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Chapter 20. Reporting Political Contributions and Expenditures

§ 20.50. Total Political Contributions Maintained

(a) For purposes of Election Code §§ 254.031(a)(8) and 254.0611(a)(1), the total amount of political contributions maintained in one or more accounts includes the following:

(1) Balance on deposit in banks, savings and loan institutions and other depository institutions; and

(2) The present value of any investments that can be readily converted to cash, such as certificates of deposit, money market accounts, stocks, bonds, treasury bills, etc.

(b) For purposes of Election Code §§ 254.031(a)(8) and 254.0611(a)(1), the total amount of political contributions maintained includes [does not include] personal funds that the filer intends to use for political expenditures only if the funds have been deposited in an account in which political contributions are held as permitted by Election Code § 253.0351(c).


Staff Reimbursement
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§ 20.62. Reporting Staff Reimbursement

(a) Political expenditures made out of personal funds by a staff member of an officeholder, a candidate, or a political committee with the intent to seek reimbursement from the officeholder, candidate, or political committee that in the aggregate do not exceed $5000 during the reporting period may be reported as follows IF the reimbursement occurs during the same reporting period that the initial expenditure was made:

(1) the amount of political expenditures that in the aggregate exceed $100 [$50] and that are made during the reporting period, the full name and address of the persons to whom the expenditures are made and the dates and purposes of the expenditures; and

(2) included with the total amount or a specific listing of the political expenditures of $100 [$50] or less made during the reporting period.

(b) Except as provided by subsection (a) of this section, a political expenditure made out of personal funds by a staff member of an officeholder, a candidate, or a political committee with the intent to seek reimbursement from the officeholder, candidate, or political committee must be reported as follows:

(1) the aggregate amount of the expenditures made by the staff member as of the last day of the reporting period is reported as a loan to the officeholder, candidate, or political committee;

(2) the expenditure made by the staff member is reported as a political expenditure by the officeholder, candidate, or political committee; and

(3) the reimbursement to the staff member to repay the loan is reported as a political expenditure by the officeholder, candidate, or political committee.

(c) The $100 threshold set out in subsection (a) of this section applies to an expenditure required to be disclosed on a report due on or after September 28, 2011.


Contents of Candidate’s Committee Reports
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§ 20.219. Content of Candidate’s Sworn Report of Contributions and Expenditures
Semiannual reports, pre-election reports, and runoff reports must cover reportable activity during the reporting period and must include the following information:

(1) the candidate's full name;

(2) the candidate's address;

(3) the office sought by the candidate, if known;

(4) the identity and date of the election for which the report is filed, if known;

(5) the campaign treasurer's name;

(6) the campaign treasurer's telephone number;

(7) the campaign treasurer's residence or business street address;

(8) for each political committee from which the candidate received notice under § 20.319 of this title (relating to Notice to Candidate or Officeholder) or § 20.421 of this title (relating to Notice to Candidate or Officeholder):

(A) the committee's full name;

(B) the committee's address;

(C) identification of the political committee as a general-purpose or a specific-purpose committee;

(D) the full name of the committee's campaign treasurer; and

(E) the address of the committee's campaign treasurer;

[(9) for each individual making a reportable direct campaign expenditure from whom the candidate received notice under § 22.5 of this title (relating to Direct Campaign Expenditures):]

[(A) the full name of the individual; and]

[(B) the address of the individual;]

(9) [(10)] on a separate page, the following information for each expenditure from political contributions made to a business in which the candidate has a participating interest of more than 10%, holds a position on the governing body of the business, or serves as an officer of the business:

(A) the full name of the business to which the expenditure was made;

(B) the address of the person to whom the expenditure was made;

(C) the date of the expenditure;

(D) the nature of the goods or services for which the expenditure was made; and

(E) the amount of the expenditure;

(10) [(11)] for each person from whom the candidate accepted a political contribution (other than a pledge, loan, or a guarantee of a loan) of more than $50 in value or political contributions (other than pledges, loans, or guarantees of loans) that total more than $50 in value:

(A) the full name of the person making the contribution;

(B) the address of the person making the contribution;

(C) the total amount of contributions;

(D) the date each contribution was accepted; and

(E) a description of any in-kind contribution;

(11) [(12)] for each person from whom the candidate accepted a pledge or pledges to provide more than $50 in money or goods or services worth more than $50:

(A) the full name of the person making the pledge;

(B) the address of the person making the pledge;

(C) the amount of each pledge;

(D) the date each pledge was accepted; and

(E) a description of any goods or services pledged; and

(F) the total of all pledges accepted during the period for $50 and less from a person, except those reported under subparagraphs (A)-(E) of this paragraph;

(12) [(13)] for each person making a loan or loans to the candidate for campaign purposes if the total amount loaned by the person during the period is more than $50:

(A) the full name of the person or financial institution making the loan;

(B) the address of the person or financial institution making the loan;

(C) the amount of the loan;

(D) the date of the loan;

(E) the interest rate;

(F) the maturity date;

(G) the collateral for the loan, if any; and

(H) if the loan has guarantors:

(i) the full name of each guarantor;

(ii) the address of each guarantor;

(iii) the principal occupation of each guarantor;

(iv) the name of the employer of each guarantor; and

(v) the amount guaranteed by each guarantor;

(13) [(14)] the total amount of loans accepted during the period for $50 and less from persons other than financial institutions engaged in the business of making loans for more than one year, except for a loan reported under paragraph (12) of this section;

(14) [(15)] for political expenditures made during the reporting period that total more than $100 [$50] to a single payee, other than expenditures reported under paragraph (9) of this section:

(A) the full name of the person to whom each expenditure was made;

(B) the address of the person to whom the expenditure was made;

(C) the date of the expenditure;

(D) the purpose of the expenditure; and

(E) the amount of the expenditure;

(15) [(16)] for each political expenditure of any amount made out of personal funds for which reimbursement from political contributions is intended:

(A) the full name of the person to whom each expenditure was made;

(B) the address of the person to whom the expenditure was made;

(C) the date of the expenditure;

(D) the purpose of the expenditure;

(E) a declaration that the expenditure was made out of personal funds;

(F) a declaration that reimbursement from political contributions is intended; and

(G) the amount of the expenditure;

(16) [(17)] for each non-political expenditure made from political contributions, other than expenditures reported under paragraph (9) [(10)] of this section:

(A) the date of each payment;

(B) the full name of the person to whom the payment was made;

(C) the address of the person to whom the payment was made;

(D) the nature of the goods or services for which the payment was made; and

(E) the amount of the payment;

(17) [(18)] for each other candidate or officeholder who benefits from a direct campaign expenditure made by the candidate during the reporting period:

(A) the name of the candidate or officeholder; and

(B) the office sought or held by the candidate or officeholder;

(18) [(19)] for each political contribution from an out-of-state political committee, the information required by § 22.7 of this title (relating to Contribution from Out-of-State Committee);

(19) [(20)] the following total amounts:

(A) the total principal amount of all outstanding loans as of the last day of the reporting period;

(B) the total amount or an itemized listing of political contributions (other than pledges, loans, or guarantees of loans) of $50 and less;

(C) the total amount of all political contributions (other than pledges, loans, or guarantees of loans);

(D) the total amount or an itemized listing of the political expenditures of $100 [$50] and less; and

(E) the total amount of all political expenditures;

(20) [(21)] if applicable, a statement that no reportable activity occurred during the reporting period; and

(21) [(22)] an affidavit, executed by the candidate, stating: “I swear, or affirm, that the accompanying report is true and correct and includes all information required to be reported by me under Title 15, Election Code.”


Contents of Officeholder Reports
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§ 20.279. Contents of Officeholder’s Sworn Report of Contributions and Expenditures

An officeholder’s semiannual report of contributions and expenditures required by this subchapter must cover reportable activity during the reporting period and must include the following information:

(1) the officeholder’s full name;

(2) the officeholder’s address;

(3) the office held by the officeholder;

(4) for each political committee from which the officeholder received notice under § 20.319 of this title (relating to Notice to Candidate or Officeholder) or § 20.421 of this title (relating to Notice to Candidate or Officeholder):

(A) the committee’s full name;

(B) the committee’s address;

(C) identification of the political committee as a general-purpose or a specific-purpose committee;

(D) the full name of the committee’s campaign treasurer; and

(E) the address of the committee’s campaign treasurer;

(5) on a separate page, the following information for each expenditure from political contributions made to a business in which the officeholder has a participating interest of more than 10%, holds a position on the governing body of the business, or serves as an officer of the business:

(A) the full name of the business to which the expenditure was made;

(B) the address of the business to which the expenditure was made;

(C) the date of the expenditure;

(D) the nature of the goods or services for which the expenditure was made; and

(E) the amount of the expenditure;

(6) for each person from whom the officeholder accepted a political contribution (other than a pledge, loan, or a guarantee of a loan) of more than $50 in value or political contributions (other than pledges, loans, or guarantees of loans) that total more than $50 in value:

(A) the full name of the person making the contribution;

(B) the address of the person making the contribution;

(C) the total amount of contributions;

(D) the date each contribution was accepted; and

(E) a description of any in-kind contribution;

(7) for each person from whom the officeholder accepted a pledge or pledges to provide more than $50 in money or goods or services worth more than $50:

(A) the full name of the person making the pledge;

(B) the address of the person making the pledge;

(C) the amount of each pledge;

(D) the date each pledge was accepted; and

(E) a description of any goods or services pledged;

(8) the total of all pledges accepted during the period for $50 and less from a person, except those reported under paragraph (7) of this section;

(9) for each person making a loan or loans to the officeholder for officeholder purposes, if the total amount loaned by the person during the period is more than $50:

(A) the full name of the person or financial institution making the loan;

(B) the address of the person or financial institution making the loan;

(C) the amount of the loan;

(D) the date of the loan;

(E) the interest rate;

(F) the maturity date;

(G) the collateral for the loan, if any; and

(H) if the loan has guarantors:

(i) the full name of each guarantor;

(ii) the address of each guarantor;

(iii) the principal occupation of each guarantor;

(iv) the name of the employer of each guarantor; and

(v) the amount guaranteed by each guarantor;

(10) the total amount of loans accepted during the period for $50 and less from persons other than financial institutions engaged in the business of making loans for more than one year, except those reported under paragraph (9) of this section;

(11) for political expenditures made during the reporting period that total more than $100 [$50] to a single payee, other than expenditures reported under paragraph (5) of this section:

(A) the full name of the person to whom each expenditure was made;

(B) the address of the person to whom the expenditure was made;

(C) the date of the expenditure;

(D) the purpose of the expenditure, for example, the nature of the goods or services for which the expenditure was made; and

(E) the amount of the expenditure;

(12) for each political expenditure of any amount made out of personal funds for which reimbursement from political contributions is intended:

(A) the full name of the person to whom each expenditure was made;

(B) the address of the person to whom the expenditure was made;

(C) the date of each expenditure;

(D) the purpose of the expenditure, for example, the nature of the goods or services for which the expenditure was made;

(E) a declaration that the expenditure was made from personal funds;

(F) a declaration that reimbursement from political contributions is intended; and

(G) the amount of the expenditure;

(13) for each non-political expenditure made from political contributions, other than expenditures reported under paragraph (5) of this section:

(A) the date of each payment;

(B) the full name of the person to whom the payment was made;

(C) the address of the person to whom the payment was made;

(D) the purpose of the expenditure, for example, the nature of the goods or services for which the payment was made; and

(E) the amount of the payment;

(14) for each candidate or other officeholder who benefits from a direct campaign expenditure made by the officeholder during the reporting period:

(A) the name of the candidate or officeholder; and

(B) the office sought or held by the candidate or officeholder;

(15) for each political contribution from an out-of-state political committee, the information required by § 22.7 of this title (relating to Contribution from Out-of-State Committee);

(16) the following total amounts:

(A) the total principal amount of all outstanding loans as of the last day of the reporting period;

(B) the total amount or an itemized listing of political contributions (other than pledges, loans, or guarantees of loans) of $50 and less;

(C) the total amount of all political contributions (other than pledges, loans, or guarantees of loans);

(D) the total amount or an itemized listing of the political expenditures of $100 [$50] and less; and

(E) the total amount of all political expenditures;

(17) if applicable, a statement that no reportable activity occurred during the reporting period; and

(18) an affidavit, executed by the officeholder, stating: "I swear, or affirm, that the accompanying report is true and correct and includes all information required to be reported by me under Title 15, Election Code."


Contents of Specific-Purpose Committee Reports
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§ 20.331. Contents of Specific-Purpose Committee Sworn Report of Contributions and Expenditures 

Semiannual reports, pre-election reports, and runoff reports must cover reportable activity during the reporting period and must include the following information:

(1) the full name of the specific-purpose committee; 

(2) the address of the specific-purpose committee; 

(3) the full name of the specific-purpose committee’s campaign treasurer; 

(4) the residence or business street address of the specific-purpose committee’s campaign treasurer; 

(5) the committee campaign treasurer’s telephone number; 

(6) the identity and date of the election for which the report is filed, if applicable; 

(7) for each candidate supported or opposed by the specific-purpose committee: 

(A) the full name of the candidate; 

(B) the office sought by the candidate; and 

(C) an indication of whether the committee supports or opposes the candidate; 

(8) for each officeholder assisted by the specific-purpose committee: 

(A) the full name of the officeholder; 

(B) the office held by the officeholder; and 

(C) an indication of whether the committee supports or opposes the officeholder; 

(9) for each measure supported or opposed by the specific-purpose committee: 

(A) a description of the measure; and 

(B) an indication of whether the committee supports or opposes the measure; 

(10) for each political expenditure by the committee that was made as a political contribution to a candidate, officeholder, or another political committee and that was returned to the specific-purpose committee during the reporting period: 

(A) the amount returned; 

(B) the full name of the person to whom the expenditure was originally made; 

(C) the address of the person to whom the expenditure was originally made; and 

(D) the date the expenditure was returned to the specific-purpose committee; 

(11) on a separate page, the following information for each expenditure from political contributions made to a business in which the candidate has a participating interest of more than 10%, holds a position on the governing body of the business, or serves as an officer of the business: 

(A) the full name of the business to which the expenditure was made; 

(B) the address of the business to which the expenditure was made; 

(C) the date of the expenditure; 

(D) the nature of the goods or services for which the expenditure was made; and 

(E) the amount of the expenditure; 

(12) if the specific-purpose committee supports or opposes measures exclusively, for each contribution accepted from a labor organization or corporation, as defined by § 20.1 of this title (relating to Definitions): 

(A) the date each contribution was accepted; 

(B) the full name of the corporation or labor organization making the contribution; 

(C) the address of the corporation or labor organization making the contribution; 

(D) the amount of the contribution; and 

(E) a description of any in-kind contribution; 

(13) for each person from whom the specific-purpose committee accepted a political contribution (other than a pledge, loan, or a guarantee of a loan) of more than $50 in value or political contributions (other than pledges, loans, or guarantees of loans) that total more than $50 in value: 

(A) the full name of the person; 

(B) the address of the person; 

(C) the total amount of contributions; 

(D) the date each contribution was accepted; and 

(E) a description of any in-kind contribution; 

(14) for each person from whom the specific-purpose committee accepted a pledge or pledges to provide more than $50 in money or to provide goods or services worth more than $50: 

(A) the full name of the person making a pledge; 

(B) the address of the person making a pledge; 

(C) the amount of the pledge; 

(D) the date each pledge was accepted; and 

(E) a description of any goods or services pledged; 

(15) the total of all pledges accepted during the period for $50 and less from a person, except those reported under paragraph (14) of this section; 

(16) for each person making a loan or loans to the specific-purpose committee for campaign or officeholder purposes if the total amount loaned by the person during the period is more than $50: 

(A) the full name of the person or financial institution making the loan; 

(B) the address of the person or financial institution making the loan; 

(C) the amount of the loan; 

(D) the date of the loan; 

(E) the interest rate; 

(F) the maturity date; 

(G) the collateral for the loan, if any; and 

(H) if the loan has guarantors: 

(i) the full name of each guarantor; 

(ii) the address of each guarantor; 

(iii) the principal occupation of each guarantor; 

(iv) the name of the employer of each guarantor; and 

(v) the amount guaranteed by each guarantor; 

(17) the total amount of loans accepted during the period for $50 and less from persons other than financial institutions engaged in the business of making loans for more than one year, except those reported under paragraph (16) of this section; 

(18) for political expenditures made during the reporting period that total more than $100 [$50] to a single payee: 

(A) the full name of the person to whom each expenditure was made; 

(B) the address of the person to whom the expenditure was made; 

(C) the date of the expenditure; 

(D) the purpose of the expenditure, for example, the goods or services for which the expenditure was made; and 

(E) the amount of the expenditure; 

(19) for each direct campaign expenditure benefiting a candidate or officeholder, except for a direct campaign expenditure made by a committee supporting only one candidate or officeholder: 

(A) the name of the candidate or officeholder; and 

(B) the office sought or held by the candidate or officeholder; 

(20) for each non-political expenditure made from political contributions, other than expenditures reported under paragraph (11) of this section: 

(A) the date of the payment; 

(B) the full name of the person to whom the payment was made; 

(C) the address of the person to whom the payment was made; 

(D) the nature of the goods or services for which the payment was made; and 

(E) the amount of the payment; 

(21) for each political contribution accepted from an out-of-state political committee, the information required by § 22.7 of this title (relating to Contribution from Out-of-State Committee); 

(22) the following total amounts: 

(A) the total principal amount of all outstanding loans as of the last day of the reporting period; 

(B) the total amount or an itemized listing of political contributions (other than pledges, loans, or guarantees of loans) of $50 and less; 

(C) the total amount of all political contributions (other than pledges, loans, or guarantees of loans); 

(D) the total amount or an itemized listing of the political expenditures of $100 [$50] and less; and 

(E) the total amount of all political expenditures; 

(23) if applicable, a statement that no reportable activity occurred during the reporting period; and 

(24) an affidavit, executed by the campaign treasurer, stating: “I swear, or affirm, that the accompanying report is true and correct and includes all information required to be reported by me under Title 15, Election Code.”


Contents of General-Purpose Committee Reports
Text of Proposed Rule

§ 20.433. Contents of General-Purpose Committee Sworn Report of Contributions and Expenditures 
(a) Semiannual reports, pre-election reports, and runoff reports must cover reportable activity during the reporting period and must include the following information: 

(1) the full name of the general-purpose committee; 

(2) the address of the general-purpose committee; 

(3) the full name of the general-purpose committee’s campaign treasurer; 

(4) the residence or business street address of the general-purpose committee’s campaign treasurer; 

(5) the committee campaign treasurer’s telephone number; 

(6) the identity and date of the election for which the report is filed, if applicable; 

(7) the full name of each identified candidate or measure or classification by party of candidates supported or opposed by the general-purpose committee and an indication of whether the general-purpose committee supports or opposes each listed candidate, measure, or classification by party of candidates; 

(8) the full name of each identified officeholder or classification by party of officeholders assisted by the general-purpose committee; 

(9) if the general-purpose committee supports or opposes measures exclusively, for each contribution accepted from a corporation as defined by § 20.1 of this title (relating to Definitions): 

(A) the date each contribution was accepted; 

(B) the full name of the corporation or labor organization making the contribution; 

(C) the address of the corporation or labor organization making the contribution; 

(D) the amount of the contribution; and 

(E) a description of any in-kind contribution; 

(10) for each political expenditure by the general-purpose committee that was made as a political contribution to a candidate, officeholder, or another political committee and that was returned to the general-purpose committee during the reporting period: 

(A) the amount returned; 

(B) the full name of the person to whom the expenditure was originally made; 

(C) the address of the person to whom the expenditure was originally made; and 

(D) the date the expenditure was returned to the general-purpose committee; 

(11) for each person from whom the general-purpose committee accepted a political contribution other than a pledge or a loan of more than $50 in value, or political contributions other than pledges or loans that total more than $50 in value (or more than $10 for a general-purpose committee reporting monthly): 

(A) the date each contribution was accepted; 

(B) the full name of the person making the contribution; 

(C) the address of the person making the contribution; 

(D) the principal occupation of the person making the contribution; 

(E) the amount of the contribution; and 

(F) a description of any in-kind contribution; 

(12) for each person from whom the general-purpose committee accepted a pledge or pledges to provide more than $50 in money or to provide goods or services worth more than $50 (more than $10 for a general-purpose committee reporting monthly): 

(A) the full name of the person making the pledge; 

(B) the address of the person making the pledge; 

(C) the principal occupation of the person making the pledge; 

(D) the amount of each pledge; 

(E) the date each pledge was accepted; and 

(F) a description of any goods or services pledged; 

(13) the total of all pledges accepted during the period for $50 and less from a person, except for those reported under paragraph (12) of this subsection [section];

(14) for each person making a loan or loans to the general-purpose committee for campaign purposes if the total amount loaned by the person during the period is more than $50 (more than $10 for a general-purpose committee reporting monthly): 

(A) the full name of the person or financial institution making the loan; 

(B) the address of the person or financial institution making the loan; 

(C) the amount of the loan; 

(D) the date of the loan; 

(E) the interest rate; 

(F) the maturity date; 

(G) the collateral for the loan, if any; and 

(H) if the loan has guarantors: 

(i) the full name of each guarantor; 

(ii) the address of each guarantor; 

(iii) the principal occupation of each guarantor; 

(iv) the name of the employer of each guarantor; and 

(v) the amount guaranteed by each guarantor; 

(15) the total amount of loans accepted during the period for $50 and less from persons other than financial institutions engaged in the business of making loans for more than one year, except for those reported under paragraph (14) of this subsection [section]; 

(16) for political expenditures made during the reporting period that total more than $100 [$50] (more than $10 for a general-purpose committee reporting monthly) to a single payee: 

(A) the full name of the person to whom each expenditure was made; 

(B) the address of the person to whom the expenditure was made; 

(C) the date of the expenditure; 

(D) the purpose of the expenditure, for example, the goods or services for which the expenditure was made; and 

(E) the amount of the expenditure; 

(F) indication for an expenditure paid in full or in part from corporations or labor organizations that it was paid from such sources.

(17) for each non-political expenditure made from political contributions: 

(A) the date of each payment; 

(B) the full name of the person to whom the payment was made; 

(C) the address of the person to whom the payment was made; 

(D) the nature of the goods or services for which the payment was made; and 

(E) the amount of the payment; 

(F) indication for an expenditure paid in full or in part from corporations or labor organizations that it was paid from such sources.

(18) for each candidate or officeholder who benefits from a direct campaign expenditure made by the committee: 

(A) the name of the candidate or officeholder; and 

(B) the office sought or held by the candidate or officeholder; 

(19) for each political contribution from an out-of-state political committee, the information required by § 22.7 of this title (relating to Contribution from Out-of-State Committee); 

(20) the following total amounts:

(A) the total principal amount of all outstanding loans as of the last day of the reporting period; 

(B) the total amount or an itemized listing of political contributions (other than pledges, loans, or guarantees of loans) of $50 and less ($10 and less for a general-purpose committee reporting monthly);

(C) the total amount of all political contributions (other than pledges, loans, or guarantees of loans); 

(D) the total amount or an itemized listing of the political expenditures of $100 [$50] and less ($10 and less for a general-purpose committee reporting monthly); and 

(E) the total amount of all political expenditures; 

(21) if applicable, a statement that no reportable activity occurred during the reporting period; and 

(22) an affidavit, executed by the campaign treasurer, stating: “I swear, or affirm, that the accompanying report is true and correct and includes all information required to be reported by me under Title 15, Election Code.”

(b) Subsections (a)(16)(F) and (a)(17)(F) take effect on July 1, 2005.


 

Direct Campaign Expenditures
Text of Proposed Rule

Chapter 22. Restrictions On Contributions and Expenditures

§ 22.6. Reporting Direct Campaign Expenditures

Section 254.261 of the Election Code applies to a person who, not acting in concert with another person, makes one or more direct campaign expenditures that exceed $100 in an election from the person’s own property.

[(a) A person making a direct campaign expenditure that exceeds $100:]

[(1) shall comply with Chapter 253, Subchapter C of Title 15 of the Election Code as if the person were an individual; and]

[(2) is not required to file a campaign treasurer appointment as a political committee, but is required to use the reporting forms and schedule prescribed by Chapter 254 of Title 15 of the Election Code as if the person were a campaign treasurer of a general-purpose committee that does not file under the monthly reporting schedule option in Section 254.155 of the Election Code.]

[(b) Except as provided by subsection (c) of this section, a person is not required to file a report as required by this section if:]

[(1) the person is required to disclose the expenditure in another report required by Title 15 of the Election Code; and]

[(2) the report is required to be filed within the time prescribed for a direct campaign expenditure required to be filed under this section.]

[(c) A general-purpose committee that files under the monthly reporting schedule option in section 254.155 of the Election Code is not subject to the requirements to file 30-day and 8-day pre-election reports but is subject to the requirements to file special pre-election reports.]

[(d) A person making a direct campaign expenditure consisting of the person’s personal travel expenses is not required to disclose the expenditures under this section, provided that the person receives no reimbursement for the expenditures.]

[(e) A political committee is subject to the restrictions in Title 15 of the Election Code.]


Restrictions on Corporate and Labor Organization
Contributions and Expenditures
Text of Proposed Rule

Chapter 24. Restrictions on Contributions and Expenditures
Applicable to Corporations and Labor Organizations

[§ 24.3. Prohibitions on Contributions and Expenditures]

[(a) A corporation or labor organization may not make a political contribution or political expenditure that is not authorized by this chapter.]

[(b) A corporation or labor organization may not make a political contribution or political expenditure in connection with a recall election or in connection with the circulation or submission of a petition to call a recall election.]


Direct Campaign Expenditures
Text of Proposed Rule

[§ 24.9. Direct Expenditure on Measure]
[A corporation or labor organization not acting in concert with another person may make one or more direct campaign expenditures from its own property in connection with an election on a measure if the corporation or labor organization makes the expenditures in accordance with § 22.5 of this title (relating to Direct Campaign Expenditures) as if the corporation or labor organization were an individual.]


Lobby Registration
Text of Proposed Rule

Chapter 34. Regulation of Lobbyists

§ 34.46. Registration under Section 305.0041 of the Government Code

(a) For purposes of the $75 [$50] registration fee set by Section 305.005(c)(2) of the Government Code, a person is required to register under Section 305.0041 of the Government Code if:

(1) the person is an independent contractor;

(2) the person’s only direct communication as a registrant is with a member of the executive branch to influence administrative action as an independent contractor;

(3) the compensation for the communication is totally or partially contingent on the outcome of a purchasing decision or negotiations regarding such decisions and the amount of the purchasing decision does not exceed $10 million; and

(4) the person is also required to register under the compensation or reimbursement threshold in Section 305.003(a)(2) of the Government Code but does not exceed the expenditure threshold set by Section 305.003(a)(1) of the Government Code.

(b) A person required to register under Section 305.0041 of the Government Code is considered a registrant for purposes of this chapter and Chapter 305 of the Government Code.

(c) An independent contractor who is required to register as a lobbyist under Chapter 305 of the Government Code but who does not meet all the criteria in subsection (a) of this section is subject to the $750 [$500] registration fee set by Section 305.005(c)(3) of the Government Code.

(d) An independent contractor who qualifies for the $75 [$50] registration fee under subsection (a) of this section, but that before the end of the calendar year ceases to meet the criteria under subsection (a) of this section, becomes subject to the $750 [$500] registration fee set by Section 305.005(c)(3) of the Government Code.

 

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