As sent to Governor Perry, Senate Bill 346 requires that any “person or group of persons” making more than $25,000 in so-called “political expenditures” in a calendar year turn over to the government the identities of the sources of all “political contributions” over $1,000 (§ 254.253(a)).
In order to understand what this means, it is necessary to understand the manner in which and “political contributions” and “political expenditures” are used in SB346.
What is a “Political Expenditure” under SB346?
As used in SB346, the term “political expenditures” includes, but is not limited to, “campaign expenditures,” which are defined under Texas law as follows:
“Campaign expenditure” means an expenditure made by