Campaign finance increase legislation heads to full House

03/06/2017 06:52 PM

FRANKFORT — Legislation increasing the contributions into political campaigns and political party’s cleared a House committee down party lines on Monday.

Senate Bill 75, sponsored by Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, cleared the House standing committee on elections, constitutional amendments and intergovernmental affairs with an 8 to 4 vote.

Voting against the bill was: Representatives Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort; Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville; Sannie Overly, D-Paris; and Attica Scott, D-Louisville.

The legislation would double the contribution limits from $1,000 to $2,000 to a campaign. If passed and signed into law, contributions to a political party or a campaign caucus committee will double from $2,500 to $5,000.

Thayer also said the bill would give individuals more of a voice after the rise of Super PAC spending following the Citizens United decision. The statement drew the ire of Rep. Graham, who said he disagreed with that assessment and the need for the bill.

Graham went on to say that he felt that “it’s the lobbyists who are now controlling public policy around here,” something he felt would increase under the legislation.

The bill now heads to the full House of Representatives for their consideration.

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