Ministers Approve Bill Banning Super PACs With Netanyahu’s Support

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during a press conference together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery following the 6th German-Israeli government consultations on February 16, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.
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The Times of Israel reports: The “V 15” bill, which would limit political organizations’ ability to raise funds in an election year, received approval from the Ministerial Committee for Legislation Sunday.

The coalition will vote in favor of the bill in a preliminary reading, after which coalition parties agreed to negotiate changes to the text.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed the legislation, proposed by Likud MK Yoav Kisch earlier this month, but Ministerial Committee for Legislation chairwoman Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked voiced opposition and abstained from Sunday’s vote.

According to Shaked, “The bill in its current version shames our democracy.”

The legislation would make the fund-raising limitations on non-governmental organizations that are involved in elections – meaning that they publicize messages supporting or opposing a political party, order or conduct polls, offer rides to voting booths, or contact voters for a specific party – similar to those on a political party or organization affiliated with a specific party.

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