House Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Make Presidential Library Funding Transparent
Washington, D.C. (Feb. 11, 2019)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, issued the following statements after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1063, the Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2019, by voice vote. The bill requires the disclosure of information about donors who give $200 or more for a presidential library and establishes penalties for false reporting and non-compliance.
“I introduced the Presidential Library Donation Reform Act to make the process of raising money to build presidential libraries more transparent,” Chairman Cummings said. “Right now, a president—while still in office—can raise unlimited amounts of money for a presidential library from private donations, and the identities of all the donors can remain secret. It is time to enact this bipartisan legislation to require the disclosure of donor information.”
“More transparency in politics is a goal we should strive for on a bipartisan basis, and that’s exactly what this bill achieves,” said Ranking Member Meadows. “Given Presidents can lawfully solicit unlimited donations for their libraries while still in office, the public should be able to know basic information about these donations—just as they can with their representatives. I thank my good friend, Chairman Cummings, for his leadership on this important bill.”
Click here to read Chairman Cummings’ full statement as entered into the Congressional Record.
The Presidential Library Donation Reform Act is supported by a number of transparency and good government organizations, including Demand Progress, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and Project on Government Oversight.