H.R. 749: To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to permit candidates for election for Federal office to designate an individual who will be authorized to disburse funds of the authorized campaign committees of the candidate in the event of the death of

H.R. 749

To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to permit candidates for election for Federal office to designate an individual who will be authorized to disburse funds of the authorized campaign committees of the candidate in the event of the death of

Date
April 22, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.R. 749 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, April 22, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This resolution was introduced by Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) on January 28, 2009, and referred to the Committee on House Administration, which marked-up the bill on March 25, 2009, and reported the legislation by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 749 would allow candidates for federal offices to designate an individual to be responsible for disbursing campaign funds in the event of the candidate's death. The candidate would be required to file a signed statement with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in order to designate an individual to disburse funds, and that statement may include instructions on how the funds are to be used. A candidate could revoke the designation by filing a second written statement with the FEC. The bill would apply to any authorized campaign committees that were created before or after enactment of the legislation.

Background

Under current law, only the treasurer of an authorized campaign committee may disburse committee funds in the event of the candidate's death. This legislation would allow candidates to designate another individual to use the campaign funds if the designee is registered with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The FEC governs and administers federal elections in accordance with the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. According to CBO, the FEC's increased administrative responsibilities under the legislation would cost the FEC about $500,000 in Fiscal Year 2010, mostly for one-time computer related updates.

Cost

According to CBO, H.R. 749 would cost the Federal Election Commission about $500,000 in Fiscal Year 2010, subject to appropriation, for administrative expenses. CBO estimates that additional costs after Fiscal Year 2010 "would be insignificant."