Includes all politicians who were in office at any point during the 112th Congress.

S. 1452 - Main Street Fairness Act

Taxation. 112th Congress (2011-2012) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to promote simplification and fairness in the administration and collection of sales and use taxes. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has been introduced. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Main Street Fairness Act

S. 1452 — 112th Congress (2011–2012)

Summary
A bill to promote simplification and fairness in the administration and collection of sales and use taxes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to promote simplification and fairness in the administration and collection of sales and use taxes.
Other Titles
  • Main Street Fairness Act
Sponsor
Richard Durbin
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Taxation
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Intergovernmental relations
  • Internet and video services
  • Judicial review and appeals
  • Retail and wholesale trades
  • Sales and excise taxes
  • State and local government operations
  • State and local taxation
  • Tax administration and collection, taxpayers
  • Tax reform and tax simplification
Related Bills
Major Actions
Introduced7/29/2011
Referred to Committee
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced7/29/2011
7/29/2011Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
7/29/2011Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S5073)
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

11% more
$1,866,446
$11,444,739
$20,401
$902,721
$130,325
$1,409,464
$555,250
$16,329,346
$973,733
$248,600
$36,075
$750
$301,535
$8,960,737
$4,123,864
$14,645,294
13 Organizations Supported and 14 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
Main Street Fairness Act

13 organizations supported this bill

Amazon.com
Mark Hachman (2011, August 1). Democrats Introduce Federal Bill to Collect Online Sales Tax. Retrieved August 1, 2011, from PC Mag.
American Booksellers Association
Grogan, Dave (2011, August 10). ABA Urges Senators to Support Main Street Fairness Act. Retrieved September 20, 2011, from Bookselling This Week.
American Veterinary Medical Association
Luke, Gina (2012, February 20). E-Sales Tax Fairness Marketplace Fairness Act, S. 1832 Marketplace Equity Act, HR 3179 Main Street Fairness Act, H.R. 2701 and S. 1452. Retrieved November 28, 2012, from AVMA.
FedTax
Cohn, Michael (2011, July 31). Congress Introduces Bill to Collect Online Sales Taxes. Accounting Today. Retrieved November 28, 2012, from http://www.accountingtoday.com/news/Congress-Introduces-Bill-Collect-Online-Sales-Taxes-59368-1.html.
International Council of Shopping Centers
Mark Hachman (2011, August 1). Democrats Introduce Federal Bill to Collect Online Sales Tax. PC Mag. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
Jewelers of America
Headley, Robert & Susan Thea Posnock (2011, August 1). Jewelers of America Applauds Introduction of Main Street Fairness Act. Retrieved September 20, 2011, from Jewelers.
National Association of College Stores
Mark Hachman (2011, August 1). Democrats Introduce Federal Bill to Collect Online Sales Tax. Retrieved August 1, 2011, from PC Mag.
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts
Mark Hachman (2011, August 1). Democrats Introduce Federal Bill to Collect Online Sales Tax. PC Mag. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
National Conference of State Legislatures
Mark Hachman (2011, August 1). Democrats Introduce Federal Bill to Collect Online Sales Tax. Retrieved August 1, 2011, from PC Mag.
National Governors Association
Mark Hachman (2011, August 1). Democrats Introduce Federal Bill to Collect Online Sales Tax. Retrieved August 1, 2011, from PC Mag.
National Retail Federation
Mark Hachman (2011, August 1). Democrats Introduce Federal Bill to Collect Online Sales Tax. Retrieved August 1, 2011, from PC Mag.
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Retail Industry Leadership Association (2011, July 29). Main Street Fairness Act Introduction the First Step Toward Fair Competition . Retrieved August 1, 2011, from Retail Industry Leadership Association.
Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings (2011, July 29). Sears Holdings Applauds Senator Durbin's Introduction of the Main Street Fairness Act. Retrieved August 1, 2011, from ABC 12.

14 organizations opposed this bill

American Homeowners Grassroots Alliance
Hahn, Bruce (2011, August 5). Online Sales Tax Would Create Offline Problems. Retrieved September 20, 2011, from AHGA.
Computer & Communications Industry Association
Mark Hachman (2011, August 1). Democrats Introduce Federal Bill to Collect Online Sales Tax. Retrieved August 1, 2011, from PC Mag.
Direct Marketing Association
Cerasale, Jerry (2011, August 1). DMA Expresses Disappointment with the Introduction of 'Main Street Fairness Act'. Retrieved November 28, 2012, from DMA.
eBay
Brian Bieron, Senior Director, Federal Government Relations and Global Public Policy at eBay Inc. (2011, July 29). eBay Opposes New Legislation to Impose New Taxes on Small Internet Retailers. Retrieved August 1, 2011, from eBay Main Street.
Electronic Retailing Association
Mark Hachman (2011, August 1). Democrats Introduce Federal Bill to Collect Online Sales Tax. Retrieved August 1, 2011, from PC Mag.
FreedomWorks
Hamadeh, Abraham (2011, August 1). In the Shadow of the Senate: A New Tax Emerges. Retrieved November 28, 2012, from FreedomWorks.
Information Technology Industry Council
ITI (2011, August 26). Print Page ITI Statement on Main Street Fairness Act. Retrieved September 20, 2011, from ITI.
National Taxpayers Union
Pete Sepp & Executive Vice President, National Taxpayers Union (2011, June 2). An Open Letter to Fiscal Conservatives in the Senate: The “Main Street Fairness Act” Is a Dead-End Street for Taxpayers and Small Businesses!. Retrieved August 1, 2011, from National Taxpayers Union.
NetChoice
PRNewswire-USNewswire (2011, July 29). NetChoice Strongly Opposes 'Main Street Fairness' Act From Congressional Democrats. Retrieved August 1, 2011, from FreshNews.com.
Netcoalition
undersigned organizations (2011, August 16). TechAmerica Letter to Congressional Leaders. Retrieved November 28, 2012, from TechAmerica.
Software & Information Industry Association
undersigned organizations (2011, August 16). TechAmerica Letter to Congressional Leaders. Retrieved November 28, 2012, from TechAmerica.
Software Finance and Tax Executives Council
undersigned organizations (2011, August 16). TechAmerica Letter to Congressional Leaders. Retrieved November 28, 2012, from TechAmerica.
TechAmerica
undersigned organizations (2011, August 16). TechAmerica Letter to Congressional Leaders. Retrieved November 28, 2012, from TechAmerica.
TechNet
Mark Hachman (2011, August 1). Democrats Introduce Federal Bill to Collect Online Sales Tax. Retrieved August 1, 2011, from PC Mag.

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Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 112th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2012.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$1,000$4,000
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$187,300$104,315
Kelly AyotteRNH$116,225$205,712
John BarrassoRWY$114,250$82,200
Max BaucusDMT$234,600$97,897
Mark BegichDAK$65,862$28,855
Michael BennetDCO$286,141$72,800
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$5,500$0
Richard BlumenthalDCT$218,300$56,700
Roy BluntRMO$362,220$290,324
John BoozmanRAR$130,850$81,345
Barbara BoxerDCA$190,375$185,658
Scott BrownRMA$631,056$1,030,723
Sherrod BrownDOH$236,339$49,650
Richard BurrRNC$175,481$105,797
Maria CantwellDWA$133,750$169,712
Ben CardinDMD$133,975$23,329
Tom CarperDDE$42,500$57,550
Bob CaseyDPA$159,760$34,800
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$310,401$616,632
Daniel CoatsRIN$109,850$102,650
Tom CoburnROK$40,700$146,943
William Thad CochranRMS$30,153$20,450
Susan CollinsRME$170,450$215,178
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$6,900$2,000
Chris CoonsDDE$62,650$26,800
Bob CorkerRTN$372,841$80,492
John CornynRTX$323,240$526,789
Mike CrapoRID$74,100$41,470
Jim DeMintRSC$122,707$395,070
Dick DurbinDIL$198,771$49,250
Mike EnziRWY$42,500$29,250
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$161,807$70,839
Alan FrankenDMN$150,672$117,190
Kirsten GillibrandDNY$774,132$161,965
Lindsey GrahamRSC$178,632$58,100
Chuck GrassleyRIA$98,600$103,776
Kay HaganDNC$134,383$68,324
Tom HarkinDIA$135,450$27,600
Orrin HatchRUT$179,600$124,800
Dean HellerRNV$241,056$205,437
John HoevenRND$78,730$45,305
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$35,450$94,500
Jim InhofeROK$112,852$168,925
Dan InouyeDHI$86,216$54,400
Johnny IsaksonRGA$352,775$79,500
Mike JohannsRNE$65,500$80,396
Ron JohnsonRWI$88,700$226,903
Tim JohnsonDSD$54,250$8,500
John KerryDMA$99,974$96,696
Mark KirkRIL$390,950$418,025
Amy KlobucharDMN$181,300$81,438
Herb KohlDWI$0$0
Jon KylRAZ$600$-3,933
Mary LandrieuDLA$210,713$66,499
Frank LautenbergDNJ$174,300$15,800
Patrick LeahyDVT$30,850$181,361
Mike LeeRUT$35,697$103,446
Carl LevinDMI$163,725$43,850
Joe LiebermanICT$17,500$4,000
Dick LugarRIN$122,500$42,650
Joe ManchinDWV$120,700$46,616
John McCainRAZ$126,250$244,374
Claire McCaskillDMO$178,131$85,541
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$315,295$634,377
Bob MenéndezDNJ$394,875$73,372
Jeff MerkleyDOR$112,800$68,575
Barbara MikulskiDMD$83,650$33,950
Jerry MoranRKS$113,504$39,712
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$87,450$20,150
Patty MurrayDWA$166,962$276,083
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$58,650$28,100
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$255,733$56,709
Rand PaulRKY$80,807$329,729
Rob PortmanROH$278,950$277,481
Mark PryorDAR$115,950$34,231
John "Jack" ReedDRI$106,300$20,200
Harry ReidDNV$467,956$208,862
Jim RischRID$49,300$245,403
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$126,800$197,049
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$123,550$37,536
Marco RubioRFL$328,027$888,692
Bernie SandersIVT$10,000$8,911
Chuck SchumerDNY$555,590$111,234
Jeff SessionsRAL$112,400$108,870
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$98,188$57,566
Richard ShelbyRAL$65,200$111,130
Olympia SnoweRME$69,200$48,912
Debbie StabenowDMI$94,400$56,518
Jon TesterDMT$138,716$49,649
John ThuneRSD$187,555$429,542
Patrick ToomeyRPA$309,997$1,233,345
Mark UdallDCO$242,412$67,500
Tom UdallDNM$126,660$35,750
David VitterRLA$154,850$290,275
Mark WarnerDVA$402,586$170,543
Jim WebbDVA$14,600$18,595
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$97,037$63,292
Roger WickerRMS$161,850$153,644
Ron WydenDOR$148,804$102,643

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$1,000$4,000
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$187,300$104,315
Kelly AyotteRNH$116,225$205,712
John BarrassoRWY$114,250$82,200
Max BaucusDMT$234,600$97,897
Mark BegichDAK$65,862$28,855
Michael BennetDCO$286,141$72,800
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$5,500$0
Richard BlumenthalDCT$218,300$56,700
Roy BluntRMO$362,220$290,324
John BoozmanRAR$130,850$81,345
Barbara BoxerDCA$190,375$185,658
Scott BrownRMA$631,056$1,030,723
Sherrod BrownDOH$236,339$49,650
Richard BurrRNC$175,481$105,797
Maria CantwellDWA$133,750$169,712
Ben CardinDMD$133,975$23,329
Tom CarperDDE$42,500$57,550
Bob CaseyDPA$159,760$34,800
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$310,401$616,632
Daniel CoatsRIN$109,850$102,650
Tom CoburnROK$40,700$146,943
William Thad CochranRMS$30,153$20,450
Susan CollinsRME$170,450$215,178
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$6,900$2,000
Chris CoonsDDE$62,650$26,800
Bob CorkerRTN$372,841$80,492
John CornynRTX$323,240$526,789
Mike CrapoRID$74,100$41,470
Jim DeMintRSC$122,707$395,070
Dick DurbinDIL$198,771$49,250
Mike EnziRWY$42,500$29,250
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$161,807$70,839
Alan FrankenDMN$150,672$117,190
Kirsten GillibrandDNY$774,132$161,965
Lindsey GrahamRSC$178,632$58,100
Chuck GrassleyRIA$98,600$103,776
Kay HaganDNC$134,383$68,324
Tom HarkinDIA$135,450$27,600
Orrin HatchRUT$179,600$124,800
Dean HellerRNV$241,056$205,437
John HoevenRND$78,730$45,305
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$35,450$94,500
Jim InhofeROK$112,852$168,925
Dan InouyeDHI$86,216$54,400
Johnny IsaksonRGA$352,775$79,500
Mike JohannsRNE$65,500$80,396
Ron JohnsonRWI$88,700$226,903
Tim JohnsonDSD$54,250$8,500
John KerryDMA$99,974$96,696
Mark KirkRIL$390,950$418,025
Amy KlobucharDMN$181,300$81,438
Herb KohlDWI$0$0
Jon KylRAZ$600$-3,933
Mary LandrieuDLA$210,713$66,499
Frank LautenbergDNJ$174,300$15,800
Patrick LeahyDVT$30,850$181,361
Mike LeeRUT$35,697$103,446
Carl LevinDMI$163,725$43,850
Joe LiebermanICT$17,500$4,000
Dick LugarRIN$122,500$42,650
Joe ManchinDWV$120,700$46,616
John McCainRAZ$126,250$244,374
Claire McCaskillDMO$178,131$85,541
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$315,295$634,377
Bob MenéndezDNJ$394,875$73,372
Jeff MerkleyDOR$112,800$68,575
Barbara MikulskiDMD$83,650$33,950
Jerry MoranRKS$113,504$39,712
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$87,450$20,150
Patty MurrayDWA$166,962$276,083
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$58,650$28,100
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$255,733$56,709
Rand PaulRKY$80,807$329,729
Rob PortmanROH$278,950$277,481
Mark PryorDAR$115,950$34,231
John "Jack" ReedDRI$106,300$20,200
Harry ReidDNV$467,956$208,862
Jim RischRID$49,300$245,403
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$126,800$197,049
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$123,550$37,536
Marco RubioRFL$328,027$888,692
Bernie SandersIVT$10,000$8,911
Chuck SchumerDNY$555,590$111,234
Jeff SessionsRAL$112,400$108,870
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$98,188$57,566
Richard ShelbyRAL$65,200$111,130
Olympia SnoweRME$69,200$48,912
Debbie StabenowDMI$94,400$56,518
Jon TesterDMT$138,716$49,649
John ThuneRSD$187,555$429,542
Patrick ToomeyRPA$309,997$1,233,345
Mark UdallDCO$242,412$67,500
Tom UdallDNM$126,660$35,750
David VitterRLA$154,850$290,275
Mark WarnerDVA$402,586$170,543
Jim WebbDVA$14,600$18,595
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$97,037$63,292
Roger WickerRMS$161,850$153,644
Ron WydenDOR$148,804$102,643

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Real estate$11,444,739
Online computer services$2,576,184
Department, variety & convenience stores$1,866,446
Miscellaneous retail stores$1,409,464
Retail trade$902,721
Veterinarians$555,250
Jewelry$130,325
Public official (elected or appointed)$20,401

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$8,960,737
Computer software$4,123,864
Online computer services$2,576,184
Computer manufacture & services$973,733
Direct mail advertising services$301,535
Consumer electronics & computer stores$248,600
Fiscal & tax policy$36,075
Consumer groups$750
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