REFERENCE TITLE: independent expenditures; corporations; funding disclosure
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
Second Regular Session
Representatives Salman: Andrade, Blanc, Cano, Chávez, DeGrazia, Engel, Epstein, Fernandez, Friese, Gabaldón, Peten, Powers Hannley, Rodriguez, Teller, Terán, Tsosie, Senator Mendez
amending section 16-925, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to campaign contributions and expenses.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 16-925, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
16-925. Advertising and fund-raising disclosure statements
A. A person, other than an individual but including a corporation, limited liability company or labor organization that is not required to register pursuant to this chapter, that makes an expenditure for an advertisement or fund‑raising solicitation, other than an individual, shall include the following disclosures in the advertisement or solicitation:
1. The words "paid for by", followed by the name of the person making the expenditure for the advertisement or fund-raising solicitation.
2. Whether the expenditure was authorized by any candidate, followed by the identity of the authorizing candidate, if any.
B. In addition to the disclosure required by subsection A of this section, a political action committee a person that makes an expenditure for an advertisement shall include a disclosure stating the names of the three political action committees four funding sources making the largest aggregate contributions to the political action committee person making the expenditure and that exceed twenty thousand dollars during the election cycle, as calculated at the time the advertisement was distributed for publication, display, delivery or broadcast. If an out‑of‑state contributor or group of out-of-state contributors is a major funding source to the corporation, limited liability company or labor organization, the disclosure statement shall state that the contributor is an out‑of-state contributor.
C. If a disclosure contains any acronym or nickname that is not commonly known, the disclosure shall also spell out the acronym or provide the full name.
D. If the advertisement is:
1. Broadcast on radio, the disclosure shall be clearly spoken at the beginning or end of the advertisement.
2. Delivered by hand, or by mail or electronically, the disclosure shall be clearly readable.
3. Displayed on a sign or billboard, the disclosure shall be displayed in a height that is at least four percent of the vertical height of the sign or billboard.
4. Broadcast on television or in a video or film, both of the following requirements apply:
(a) The disclosure shall be both written and spoken at the beginning or end of the advertisement, except that if the written disclosure statement is displayed for the greater of at least one-sixth of the broadcast duration or four seconds, a spoken disclosure statement is not required.
(b) The written disclosure statement shall be printed in letters that are displayed in a height that is at least four percent of the vertical picture height.
E. A corporation, limited liability company or labor organization that makes an independent expenditure and that accepts donations or contributions shall file campaign finance reports pursuant to section 16‑926 with the filing officer.
E. F. This section does not apply to:
1. Social media messages, text messages or messages sent by a short message service.
2. Advertisements that are placed as a paid link on a website, if the message is not more than two hundred characters in length and the link directs the user to another website that complies with this section.
3. Advertisements that are placed as a graphic or picture link, if the statements required in this section cannot be conveniently printed due to the size of the graphic or picture and the link directs the user to another website that complies with this section.
4. Bumper stickers, pins, buttons, pens and similar small items on which the statements required in this section cannot be conveniently printed.
5. A solicitation of contributions by a separate segregated fund.
6. A communication by a tax-exempt organization solely to its members.
7. A published book or a documentary film or video.