The reporting requirements would apply to all donations (either monetary or in-kind) that exceed $200 in value. Donor names, addresses, occupations, and the amount of the donation would all be made publicly available. These requirements would be in effect while the President is in office, and would end when the President leaves office or when the federal government assumes control of the library - whichever occurs later.
What is Senate Bill S. 558?
Cost of Senate Bill S. 558
In-Depth: This legislation has a long — if unsuccessful — history in Congress. Previous versions passed the House in 2002, 2007 (when it was blocked in the Senate), and 2009. It was introduced in the House in 2013, where it survived committee but did not see a floor vote, and it was introduced in the Senate in 2014 only to meet a similar fate.
Of Note: Donations
to presidential libraries have been under scrutiny since the Clinton
administration. In 2000 it was discovered that Denise Rich donated $450,000 to the Clinton presidential library
prior to President Clinton pardoning Ms. Rich’s husband who was wanted
on 51 counts of tax and mail fraud, racketeering, and illegally
violating a trade embargo with Iran.
During the George W. Bush administration a former lobbyist suggested that a foreign politician should make a $250,000 donation to the Bush library in order to secure meetings with senior members of the administration. Currently, the Obama Foundation - which raises money for President Obama’s presidential library - only provides ranges for the amounts of donations it has received.
- Sponsoring Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) Press Release
- CBO Estimate (Previous Version)
- Center for Responsive Politics
- Huffington Post (Context)
Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2015
A bill to amend title 44, United States Code, to require information on contributors to Presidential library fundraising organizations, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The house has not voted
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental AffairsIntroducedFebruary 25th, 2015
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