PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 640 -JULY 19, 1940 engaging in any political activity in furtherance of his candidacy for conditions. such public office, if (1) he was nominated before the date of the enactment of this Act, and (2) upon his election to such public office he resigns from the office or employment in which he was employed prior to his election, in a State or local agency (as defined in section 12 (f)). political activities "SEC. 18. Nothing in the second sentence of section 9 (a) or in the in connection with designated elections, second sentence of section 12 (a) of this Act shall be construed to etc., not prohibited. et3 Statr.1148.e prevent or prohibit any person subject to the provisions of this Act v18U. s. C. upp. from engaging in any political activity (1) in connection with any Aitp. 767 . election and the preceding campaign if none of the candidates is to be nominated or elected at such election as representing a party any of whose candidates for presidential elector received votes in the last preceding election at which presidential electors were selected, or (2) in connection with any question which is not specifically identified with any National or State political party. For the purposes of this section, questions relating to constitutional amendments, referendums, approval of municipal ordinances, and others of a similar character, shall not be deemed to be specifically identified with any National or State political party. "state" defned. "SEC. 19. As used in this Act, the term 'State' means any State, Territory, or possession of the United States." cotributions byer SpEC. 5 . (a) No person or firm entering into any contract with the sons or rms having United States or any department or agency thereof, either for the U.S.contract rendition of personal services or furnishing any material, supplies, or equipment to the United States or any department or agency thereof, or selling any land or building to the United States or any department or agency thereof, if payment for the performance of such contract or payment for such material, supplies, equipment, land, or building is to be made in whole or in part from funds appropriated by the Congress, shall, during the period of negotiation for, or per- formance under such contract or furnishing of material, supplies, equipment, land, or buildings, directly, or indirectly, make any con- tribution of money or any other thing of value, or promise expressly or impliedly to make any such contribution, to any political party, committee, or candidate for public office or to any person for any political purpose or use; nor shall any person knowingly solicit any such contribution from any such person or firm, for any such pur- renalty. pose during any such period. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than five years. Prohibited actions; (b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit any action which is prohibited by any provision of law in force on the date this section takes effect. 53 Stat. 147. SEC. 6. Such Act of August 2, 1939, is further amended by adding v1U. C., Spk . at the end thereof the following new section: Limi61-t . atith end Limitation on re "SEC. 20. No political committee shall receive contributions aggre- eipt ofp eiticni- gating more than $3,000,000, or make expenditures aggregating more mitees. than $3,000,000, during any calendar year. For the purposes of this section, any contributions received and any expenditures made on behalf of any political committee with the knowledge and consent of the chairman or treasurer of such committee shall be deemed to be violations. received or made by such committee. Any violation of this section by any political committee shall be deemed also to be a violation of this section by the chairman and the treasurer of such committee Meaning of terms and by any other person responsible for such violation. Terms used in this section shall have the meaning assigned to them in section 43tat. 1070 . 302 of the Federal Corrupt Practices Act, 1925, and the penalties U.S. C. . provided in such Act shall apply to violations of this section." Approved, July 19, 1940. 772 [54 STAT.