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CITE

    18 USC Sec. 597                                             01/05/2009

EXPCITE

    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I - CRIMES
    CHAPTER 29 - ELECTIONS AND POLITICAL ACTIVITIES

HEAD

    Sec. 597. Expenditures to influence voting

STATUTE

      Whoever makes or offers to make an expenditure to any person,
    either to vote or withhold his vote, or to vote for or against any
    candidate; and
      Whoever solicits, accepts, or receives any such expenditure in
    consideration of his vote or the withholding of his vote -
      Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one
    year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined
    under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

SOURCE

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 721; Pub. L. 103-322, title
    XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(H), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147; Pub. L.
    104-294, title VI, Sec. 601(a)(12), Oct. 11, 1996, 110 Stat. 3498.)

HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

      Based on sections 250, 252, of title 2, U.S.C., 1940 ed., The
    Congress (Feb. 28, 1925, ch. 368, title III, Secs. 311, 314, 43
    Stat. 1073, 1074).
      This section consolidates the provisions of sections 250 and 252
    of title 2, U.S.C., 1940 ed., The Congress.
      Reference to persons causing or procuring was omitted as
    unnecessary in view of definition of "principal" in section 2 of
    this title.
      The punishment provisions of section 252 of title 2, U.S.C., 1940
    ed., The Congress, were incorporated at end of section upon
    authority of reference in such section making them applicable to
    this section.
      Words "or both" were added to conform to the almost universal
    formula of the punishment provisions of this title.
      Changes were made in phraseology.
                                AMENDMENTS
      1996 - Pub. L. 104-294 substituted "shall be fined under this
    title" for "shall be fined not more than $10,000" in last par.
      1994 - Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "shall be fined under this
    title" for "shall be fined not more than $1,000" in last par.
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