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SB-300 Political Reform Act of 1974: contribution limitations.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 85320 of the Government Code is amended to read:

85320.
 (a) No A  foreign government or foreign principal shall not  make, directly or through any other person, any contribution, expenditure, or independent expenditure in connection with the qualification or support of, or opposition to, any a  state or local candidate or  ballot measure.
(b) No A  person and no  or a  committee shall not  solicit or accept a contribution from a foreign government or foreign principal in connection with the qualification or support of, or opposition to, any state or local candidate or  ballot measure.
(c) For the purposes of this section, a “foreign principal” includes the following:
(1) A foreign political party.
(2) A person outside the United States, unless either of the following is established:
(A) The person is an individual and a citizen of the United States.
(B) The person is not an individual and is organized under or created by the laws of the United States or of any state or other place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and has its principal place of business within the United States.
(3) A partnership, association, corporation, organization, or other combination of persons organized under the laws of or having its principal place of business in a foreign country.
(4) A domestic subsidiary of a foreign corporation if the decision to contribute or expend funds is made by an officer, director, or management employee of the foreign corporation who is neither a citizen of the United States nor a lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States.
(d) This section shall does  not prohibit a contribution, expenditure, or independent expenditure made by a lawfully admitted permanent resident.
(e) Any A  person who violates this section shall be  is  guilty of a misdemeanor and shall may  be fined an amount equal to the  up to the greater of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or three times the  amount contributed or expended.
SEC. 2.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.
SEC. 3.
 The Legislature finds and declares that this bill furthers the purposes of the Political Reform Act of 1974 within the meaning of subdivision (a) of Section 81012 of the Government Code.