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"business should mind its own business" act

Wildcat Rep. Alan Grayson has introduced a new bill that would tax corporate political donations at the eye-popping rate of 500%. The bill is called the "Business Should Mind Its Own Business Act." However popular among the proles, the question is it would count as an abridgment on free-speech. In any event, "Business Should Mind Its Own Business" is fun to say. [HR 4431 IH]



Business Should Mind Its Own Business Act (Introduced in House)
HR 4431 IH
111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4431

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a 500 percent excise tax on corporate contributions to political committees and on corporate expenditures on political advocacy campaigns.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 13, 2010

Mr. GRAYSON introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a 500 percent excise tax on corporate contributions to political committees and on corporate expenditures on political advocacy campaigns.
    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Business Should Mind Its Own Business Act'.

SEC. 2. EXCISE TAX ON CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS TO POLITICAL COMMITTEES AND ON CORPORATE EXPENDITURES ON POLITICAL ADVOCACY CAMPAIGNS.

    (a) In General- Chapter 36 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to certain other excise taxes) is amended by adding at the end the following new subchapter:

`Subchapter E--Certain Corporate Political Activities

      `Sec. 4491. Corporate contributions to political committees and corporate expenditures on political advocacy campaigns.

`SEC. 4491. CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS TO POLITICAL COMMITTEES AND CORPORATE EXPENDITURES ON POLITICAL ADVOCACY CAMPAIGNS.

    `(a) In General- In the case of a corporation, there is hereby imposed a tax equal to 500 percent of the aggregate of the following amounts:
      `(1) The amount of contributions (as defined in section 301 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971) made during the taxable year.
      `(2) The amount paid for an electioneering communication described in section 304(f)(3) of such Act.
    `(b) Certain Determinations Disregarded- For purposes of this section, any court determination that such Act does not apply to one or more corporations shall be disregarded.'.
    (b) Denial of Income Tax Deduction- Subsection (a) of section 275 of such Code is amended by inserting after paragraph (6) the following new paragraph:
      `(7) Taxes imposed by section 4491 (relating to corporate contributions to political committees and corporate expenditures on political advocacy campaigns).'.
    (c) Clerical Amendment- The table of subchapters for chapter 36 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

`subchapter e. certain corporate political activities.'.

    (d) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to amounts paid after the date of the enactment of this Act in taxable years ending after such date.


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