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Bill aims to keep wealthy donors and NGOs from influencing elections.Israel’s Knesset on Monday passed the first reading of a bill that would curb donations to NGOs “engaged in political activity” that could potentially use the funds in an attempt to influence elections.

The bill, dubbed “V15” was introduced by Likud MK Yoav Kisch and passed with a vote of 37 in favor and 26 against.The bill was named after a group which was accused of rallying voters against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the 2015 elections.MK Kisch says he introduced the bill “in the name of democracy and for a fair election process,” to prevent money from influencing elections.

According to the Haaretz daily, the legislation breaks down donations into three brackets, and goes into force once elections have been announced:Individuals may donate up to 11,000 ($2,900) during the period leading up to elections or 22,000 shekels ($5,900) in the time between elections.

These donations do not need to be reported.Donations from groups that fall in the range of 100,000-400,000 shekels ($26,900-$107,000) must be reported to the state comptroller. However, criminal penalties will not be applied if organizations fail to comply with these reporting requirements.

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