House Bill No. 517
Introduced By vick, thomas, grinde, sliter, knox, beaudry, holland, r. johnson, rose, mcgee, wells, benedict, baer, simpkins, mood, wiseman, boharski, jore, ohs, m. hanson, l. taylor, ahner, tash, denny, masolo, barnett, bookout-reinicke, miller, bohlinger, walters, hayne, debruycker, bergman, bergsagel, devaney, zook, keenan, anderson, mercer, wagner, clark, cobb, story, soft, mohl, emerson, burnett, keating, feland, jenkins, aklestad, swysgood, grosfield, devlin, brainard, rehbein, mahlum, marshall, kasten
A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act Requiring a Corporation, a Labor or Professional Organization, or an Employer Who
Withholds and Diverts a Portion of the Wages or Salary of
a Shareholder, AN Employee , or Member Who Voluntarily
Contributes Money For Political Purposes to Inform Each Shareholder, Employee , or Member that Contributions May be
Contributed to a Particular Political Party or, Political Committee, OR CANDIDATE; Requiring A Corporation, a Labor or
Professional Organization, or an Employer to provide a Form for Each Shareholder, Employee , or Member to Earmark
Contributions; and amending section 13-35-227, MCA."
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:
Section 1. Section 13-35-227, MCA, is amended to read:
"13-35-227. Prohibited contributions from corporations -- notification -- prescribed form for designation of
contributions to separate segregated fund. (1) A corporation may not make a contribution or an expenditure in
connection with a candidate or a political committee
which that supports or opposes a candidate or a political party.
(2) A person, candidate, or political committee may not accept or receive a corporate contribution described in subsection (1).
(3) This section does not prohibit the establishment or administration of a separate, segregated fund to be used for making political contributions or expenditures if the fund consists only of voluntary contributions solicited from an individual who is a shareholder, an employee, or a member of the corporation.
(4) A corporation, a labor or professional organization, or an employer, prior to withholding and diverting a portion of
wages or salary for
a shareholder, AN employee , or member who voluntarily chooses to contribute the money pursuant to
this section, shall provide the shareholder, employee , or member with a form prescribed by THE COMMISSIONER OF
POLITICAL PRACTICES AND PROVIDED BY the corporation, the labor or professional organization, or the employer
(a) informs each
shareholder, employee , and member of the right to earmark political contributions pursuant to rules
adopted by the commissioner of political practices; and
(b) provides spaces for the
shareholder, employee , or member to specify whether the contribution:
(i) may be diverted to any political party or political committee OR CANDIDATE chosen by the corporation, the labor or professional organization, or the employer; OR
(ii) must be contributed to a recognized political party or political committee OR CANDIDATE identified by the
; or (iii) must be contributed to a nonprofit organization.
(5) WHEN A CONTRIBUTION IS MADE AND ANY PORTION OF THE CONTRIBUTION MAY BE USED FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES, SUBSECTION (4)(B) APPLIES.
(4)(5)(6) A person who violates this section is subject to the civil penalty provisions of 13-37-128."