1/15/2013--Introduced.Grassroots Democracy Act of 2013 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow a refundable credit of up to $25 ($50 in the case of a joint return),... Read More


This bill was introduced on Jan 15, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.


Date Introduced
Jan 15, 2013


Bill Text


To reform the financing of Congressional elections by encouraging grassroots participation in the funding of campaigns, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Grassroots Democracy Act of 2013''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as follows:


Subtitle A--Grassroots Democracy Dollars

Sec. 101. Refundable credit for grassroots contributions to Federal congressional candidates. Subtitle B--Grassroots Democracy Coupon Pilot Program

Sec. 111. Establishment of pilot program. Sec. 112. Reports to Congress. TITLE II--GRASSROOTS FINANCING OF CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS

Sec. 201. Benefits and eligibility requirements for candidates. ``TITLE V--GRASSROOTS FINANCING OF CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS

``Subtitle A--Benefits

``Sec. 501. Benefits for participating candidates. ``Sec. 502. Procedures for making payments. ``Sec. 503. Use of funds. ``Sec. 504. Qualified grassroots contributions described. ``Subtitle B--Eligibility and Certification

``Sec. 511. Eligibility. ``Sec. 512. Qualifying requirements. ``Sec. 513. Certification. ``Subtitle C--Requirements for Candidates Certified as Participating Candidates

``Sec. 521. Contribution and expenditure requirements. ``Sec. 522. Administration of campaign. ``Sec. 523. Preventing unnecessary spending of public funds. ``Sec. 524. Remitting unspent funds after election. ``Subtitle D--Supplemental Grassroots Democracy People's Fund Payments

``Sec. 531. Eligibility of participating candidates for payments. ``Sec. 532. Amount of payment; use of funds. ``Sec. 533. Severability. ``Subtitle E--Administrative Provisions

``Sec. 541. Grassroots Democracy Fund. ``Sec. 542. Grassroots Democracy...

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State: CA

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I support H.R. 268: Grassroots Democracy Act of 2013 because...We no longer have any say in our Government and I mean none. Congress no longer even pretends they are listening to the voters. You guys shut down the government like it was nothing and not because you were standing up for something because that I could respect. It is absolutely unreal the amount of money special interest is giving to Congress, there is no way you could make a decision that wasn't influenced by this. They don't have to give me money to influence me, they run scare ads telling me not to compromise or the slippery slope will get me. The whole country is divided, no one will compromise because large amounts of money are being poured into ad campaigns to make sure they don't. We have to change this, I was going to tell you that if you would get these groups out of Congress so we can get something done, I am pretty sure we would be okay with you passing that tax cut you talk about all the time. That's not bribery right? I was just trying out what it might be like if this bill was passed and we could use our vote to influence policy. Wow I would feel like I was in America or something. Thanks for listening.

2 years ago

I support H.R. 268: Grassroots Democracy Act of 2013 because it's time for the government of the United States to represent the people of the United States and work for our interests, instead of those who are wealthy enough to buy our politicians and corrupt our government, bending it to protect their narrow interests and betray the people.

2 years ago

I support HR 268 because it would change the broken system we have for electing lawmakers and reinvigorate our democratic institutions.  I am deeply concerned about the influence of corporate lobbyists and other special interests that contribute large sums of money to candidates.  Public financing is the single most effective legislative remedy to the current system of campaign finance. This bill would enable candidates to run viable campaigns based on small-dollar donations, matched by public funds, so you and your colleagues could avoid taking cash from special interests.   Instead of spending time asking for money from lobbyists and special interest groups, candidates like you could be able focus your attention on voters in the communities you represent.  According to a GAO study, 81% of Arizona's participating candidates said they accepted public financing because they "did not want to feel obligated to special interest groups or lobbyists."  Reforming campaign finance would restore the integrity of our government and the confidence of voters like me.

2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 268 ("To reform the financing of Congressional elections by encouraging grassroots participation in the funding of") because there are already too many tax deductions. Allowing deductions for contributions to political campaigns would only encourage the extremely wealthy to donate massive amounts of money to attempt to buy elections. Please oppose this measure. Thanks.

3 years ago

I oppose H.R. 268 ("To reform the financing of Congressional elections by encouraging grassroots participation in the funding of") because....the text reads like a bunch of left wing garbage.

3 years ago

Bill Summary

1/15/2013--Introduced.Grassroots Democracy Act of 2013 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow a refundable credit of up to $25 ($50 in the case of a joint return), adjusted for inflation, for qualified grassroots federal congressional campaign contributions paid by the taxpayer during the taxable year. Directs the Grassroots Democracy Advisory Commission (GDAC, established by this Act) to establish a pilot program under which a qualified individual shall be provided with a "Grassroots Democracy Coupon" during the election cycle, which will be assigned a routing number and, at the individual's option, provided in either paper or electronic form. Authorizes the individual to: (1) submit the Coupon, using the routing number, in either electronic or paper form to qualified federal election candidates, and (2) allocate portions of the Coupon's value in $5 increments to a candidate (up to a maximum of $50 per candidate). Requires the GDAC to pay the candidate who transmits the Coupon to it the portion of the Coupon's value that the individual allocated to the candidate, which shall be considered a contribution under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA). Amends FECA with respect to: (1) benefits for participating congressional candidates; (2) Federal Election Commission (FEC) payments to such candidates; (3) candidate use of payments; (4) qualified grassroots contribution, expenditure, and fundraising requirements; (5) certification of participating congressional candidates; (6) campaign administration; (7) prevention of the unnecessary spending of public funds; (8) remittal to the Grassroots Democracy Fund of unspent funds after an election; (9) eligibility of participating candidates for payments; (10) establishment of the Grassroots Democracy Fund in the Treasury and of a Grassroots Democracy Advisory Commission in the FEC; and (11) civil penalties for violation of contribution and expenditure requirements. Prohibits use of contributions by a participating candidate for any purposes other than an election campaign. Revises bundler disclosure requirements to repeal a specified exception and so require disclosure of persons who provided bundled contributions to the reporting committee. Extends from 60 days before a general, special, or runoff election to 120 days before such an election the period for treatment of communications as electioneering communications. Creates user fees, payable to the FEC, for candidate-designated political committees and bundlers. Amends FECA to empower the FEC to petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to appeal a civil action to enforce the Act. Requires all political committee designations, statements, and reports required to be filed under FECA to be filed: (1) directly with the FEC, and (2) in electronic form accessible by computers. Reduces from 48 hours to 24 hours after their receipt the deadline for the FEC to make designations, statements, reports, or notifications available to the public in the FEC office and on the Internet. Amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal: (1) the alternative tax on political organizations that have net capital gains for the taxable year; and (2) the treatment as tax-exempt functions of proceeds from a political fundraising or entertainment event, from the sale of political campaign materials not received in the ordinary course of trade or business, or from any bingo game. Revises the formula limiting the amount included in the gross income of a tax-exempt organization that expends funds for an exempt function of a political committee. Repeals the application of graduated tax rates for principal campaign committees (thus applying the highest rates to such committees). Allows an individual to designate a specified portion of any overpayment of tax as a contribution to the Grassroots Democracy Fund. Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to set a station's lowest unit price for preemptible use as the charge for a broadcast by the national committee of a political party for an affiliated candidate. Authorizes the FEC to revoke a broadcast station license or construction permit only for at least three willful failures to allow reasonable access to, or to permit purchase of reasonable amounts of time for the use of, a broadcasting station by a legally qualified candidate for federal office.

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