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MONEY CONTRIBUTIONS OF CORPORATIONS IN CONNEC

TION WITH POLITICAL ELECTIONS.

JANUARY 15, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. GAINES, of West Virginia, from the Committee on Election of

President, Vice-President, and Representatives in Congress, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany S. 4563.)

The Committee on Election of President, Vice-President, and Representatives in Congress, to whom was referred the bill (S. 4563) to probibit corporations from making money contributions in connection with political elections, having had the same under consideration, report it favorably with amendment and recommend that it pass as amended.

The first provision of the bill makes itunlawful for any national bank or any corporation organized by authority of any laws of Congress to make a money contribution in connection with any election to any political office.

This power Congress unquestionably has as a regulation of Federal corporations.

The second provision is as follows:

It shall also be unlawful for any corporation whatever to make a money contribution in connection with any election at which Presidential and Vice-Presidential electors or a Representative in Congress is to be voted for, or any election by any State legislature of a United States Senator.

Congress unquestionably has the right to prevent such contributions in the matter of elections of the character mentioned.

Many members of your committee believe that Congress has power to go much further than this bill in legislating against corruption which might affect the election of Presidential electors, United States Senators and Representatives in Congress, and that the time has arrived when Congress should give the United States courts the power to punish the corrupt use of money in connection with elections at which Members of Congress are voted for. However, the proposed legislation is in the right direction, can not possibly do harn, and may do much good.

Your committee recommends the following amendment:

Strike out all after the word “shall,” in line 2, page 2, and add the following: upon conviction be punished by a fine of not exceeding one thousand and not less than two hundred and fifty dollars, or by imprisonment for a term of not more than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court.

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CONGRESS

BRIDGES ACROSS TUG FORK OF BIG SANDY RIVER.

JANUARY 15, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. GAINES, of West Virginia, from the Committee on Interstate and

Foreign Commerce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 24109.]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 24109) to authorize the Norfolk and Western Railway Company to construct sundry bridges across the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

This bill was introduced to take the place of H. R. 23218 favorably reported by the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce January 11, 1907, for the purpose of making some slight changes. The bill H. R. 23218 was submitted to the War Department and received a favorable recommendation, as will appear by indorsements from the Secretary of War and the Chief of Engineers, hereto attached and made a part of this report.

(Second indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, January 9, 1907. Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War.

The accompanying bill, H. R. 23218, Fifty-ninth Congress, second session, to authorize the Kentucky and West Virginia Bridge Company to construct a bridge across the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River at or near Williamson, W. Va., makes ample provision for the protection of navigation interests, and I know of no objection to its favorable consideration by Congress so far as those interests are concerned.

A. MACKENZIE, Brig. Gen., Chief of Engineers, U. S. Army. [Third indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT, January 9, 1907. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Com merce, House of Representatives, inviting attention to the foregoing report of the Chief of Engineers, United States Army.

ROBERT Shaw OLIVER,

Assistant Secretary of War.

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CONGRESS

BRIDGE ACROSS MISSISSIPPI RIVER.

JANUARY 15, 1907.— Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. GAINES, of West Virginia, from the Committee on Interstate and

Foreign Commerce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 23383.]

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The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 23383) to amend an act entitled "An act to authorize the city of St. Louis, a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Missouri, to construct a bridge across the Mississippi River,” approved June 25, 1906, having considered the same, report thereon with amendment and as so amended recommend that it pass.

The bill as amended has the approval of the War Department, as will appear by the indorsements attached and which are made a part of this report.

Amend the bill as follows:
In line 3 strike out the word " said."

In line 4, before the word “bridge,” strike out the word "said " and insert the word “the.

In lines 4 and 5 strike out the words “said act across the Mississippi River” and insert in lieu thereof the following: the act entitled "An act to authorize the city of Saint Louis, a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Missouri, to construct a bridge across the Mississippi River,” approved June twenty-fifth, nineteen hundred and six.

Under the terms of the general bridge act the construction of a bridge must be commenced within one year after the passage of the act authorizing such construction. In the present case, this time expires on June 25, 1907, and, since Congress will adjourn on March 4, it becomes necessary to extend the period within which work is to be commenced.

This bill provides for such extension. It relates to the construction of a free municipal bridge across the Mississippi River by the city of St. Louis, Mo. The people of that city bave voted, by a large majority, as your committee is informed, to issue bonds to the amount of $3,500,000 to construct such bridge. The War Department approves the bill to extend the time, and the committee believes that the request of the city of St. Louis should be granted.

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