Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Jan. 21 ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, members of Congress have introduced the following bills and one constitutional amendment. Some are targeted at campaign contributions by foreign corporations, which were not affected by the Supreme Court’s decision, contrary to President Obama’s assertion in the State of the Union. See Hans von Spakovsky, Heritage Foundation, “The Truth About President Obama and Citizens United.”

  • H.J.RES.68 : Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibiting corporations and labor organizations from using operating funds for advertisements in connection with any campaign for election for Federal office.
    Sponsor: Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3] (introduced 1/21/2010)
  • H.R.4510 : To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to apply the ban on contributions and expenditures by foreign nationals to domestic corporations in which foreign principals have an ownership interest.
    Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-8] (introduced 1/26/2010)  
  • H.R.4511 : To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit corporations which employ or retain registered lobbyists from making expenditures or disbursements for electioneering communications under such Act, and for other purposes.
    Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-8] (introduced 1/26/2010)
  • H.R.4517: To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to apply the ban on contributions and expenditures by foreign nationals to domestic corporations which are owned or controlled by foreign principals, to increase the civil penalties applicable to foreign nationals who violate the ban, and for other purposes.
    Sponsor: Rep Hall, John J. [NY-19] (introduced 1/26/2010)    
  • H.R.4522 : To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to apply the ban on contributions and expenditures by foreign nationals to domestic corporations which are owned or controlled by foreign principals.
    Sponsor: Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-8] (introduced 1/26/2010)      
  • H.R.4523 : To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to apply the ban on contributions and expenditures by foreign nationals to domestic corporations whose shareholders include any foreign principals.
    Sponsor: Rep Perriello, Thomas S.P. [VA-5] (introduced 1/26/2010)
  • H.R.4527 : To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require certain campaign-related communications paid for by a corporation or labor organization to include a statement identifying the chief executive officer of the corporation or the president of the labor organization, and for other purposes.
    Sponsor: Rep Driehaus, Steve [OH-1] (introduced 1/27/2010)     
  • H.R.4540 : To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to extend the ban on election activity by foreign nationals to election activity by domestic corporations which are subsidiaries of foreign principals.
    Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 1/27/2010)  
  • S.2954 : A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to apply the ban on contributions and expenditures by foreign nationals to domestic corporation which are owned or controlled by foreign principals.
    Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 1/26/2010)
     
  • S.2959 : A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to protect Federal, State, and local elections from the influence of foreign nationals.
    Sponsor: Sen Franken, Al [MN] (introduced 1/27/2010)
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