North Dakota bills deal with independent political spendingNorth Dakota legislators are seeking more disclosure from corporations that make political contributions.
By: Associated Press,
BISMARCK — North Dakota legislators are seeking more disclosure from corporations that make political contributions.
Similar bills going through the state House and Senate lay out reporting guidelines for political spending after the U.S. Supreme Court ended many restrictions on corporate campaign spending.
The bills create a new category for "independent spending." That includes activity by groups that spend money for political reasons without the candidate's consent.
Groups making independent expenditures would have to file a report with the North Dakota secretary of state's office within 48 hours of the contribution.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger says he's backing the Senate version of the bill, which is sponsored by Grand Forks Sen. Mac Schneider.
The bills are HB1414 and SB2319.