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 J. 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.
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

51% more
$1,904,162
$11,199,255
$141,412
$907,621
$155,975
$1,524,633
$555,270
$16,388,328
$1,059,933
$329,700
$57,975
$5,150
$327,735
$6,864,752
$381,145
$412,685
$1,426,122
$10,865,197
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$0
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$191,833$34,382
Kelly AyotteRNH$124,720$132,217
John BarrassoRWY$102,750$66,650
Max BaucusDMT$234,950$77,572
Mark BegichDAK$60,762$12,175
Michael F. BennetDCO$258,123$43,700
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$6,000$1,000
Richard BlumenthalDCT$213,766$28,350
Roy BluntRMO$362,279$186,804
John BoozmanRAR$136,300$53,095
Barbara BoxerDCA$230,225$90,753
Scott P. BrownRMA$651,776$779,388
Sherrod BrownDOH$247,739$43,275
Richard BurrRNC$199,305$116,797
Maria CantwellDWA$139,050$33,162
Ben CardinDMD$138,225$27,429
Tom CarperDDE$40,350$53,050
Bob CaseyDPA$150,560$39,600
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$290,700$429,832
Daniel CoatsRIN$72,100$76,750
Tom CoburnROK$41,050$107,323
William Thad CochranRMS$35,203$22,300
Susan M. CollinsRME$162,050$133,045
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$6,900$1,000
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$78,700$23,000
Bob CorkerRTN$387,381$106,742
John CornynRTX$353,415$227,235
Mike CrapoRID$74,350$29,320
Jim DeMintRSC$125,524$315,820
Dick DurbinDIL$219,271$54,150
Mike EnziRWY$39,500$17,000
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$148,907$46,789
Al FrankenDMN$182,522$53,583
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$766,032$116,765
Lindsey GrahamRSC$188,282$35,908
Chuck GrassleyRIA$89,650$75,976
Kay R. HaganDNC$154,283$31,049
Tom HarkinDIA$93,700$12,300
Orrin G. HatchRUT$173,750$76,700
Dean HellerRNV$251,531$203,937
John HoevenRND$85,200$21,000
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$32,600$53,300
Jim InhofeROK$109,502$74,325
Dan InouyeDHI$85,716$28,200
Johnny IsaksonRGA$309,625$67,650
Mike JohannsRNE$55,150$34,296
Ron JohnsonRWI$87,100$167,227
Tim JohnsonDSD$51,250$4,000
John F. KerryDMA$78,749$28,138
Mark KirkRIL$347,450$374,150
Amy KlobucharDMN$187,883$58,851
Herb KohlDWI$0$0
Jon KylRAZ$1,600$9,317
Mary L. LandrieuDLA$207,893$45,299
Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$201,800$17,500
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$36,450$125,246
Mike LeeRUT$40,097$38,970
Carl LevinDMI$164,925$16,100
Joe LiebermanICT$15,500$2,000
Dick LugarRIN$120,600$49,050
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$107,550$30,966
John McCainRAZ$131,450$190,669
Claire McCaskillDMO$217,681$70,356
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$337,095$361,402
Bob MenéndezDNJ$389,025$45,222
Jeff MerkleyDOR$111,300$23,900
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$86,700$40,600
Jerry MoranRKS$115,104$56,805
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$79,850$23,400
Patty MurrayDWA$158,812$80,764
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$62,950$24,600
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$277,483$37,959
Rand PaulRKY$65,330$287,050
Rob PortmanROH$260,600$177,748
Mark L. PryorDAR$110,800$35,781
John "Jack" ReedDRI$92,200$16,850
Harry ReidDNV$472,436$171,864
Jim RischRID$49,300$196,800
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$110,450$121,249
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$107,950$52,636
Marco RubioRFL$363,672$1,003,843
Bernie SandersIVT$11,000$4,240
Chuck SchumerDNY$536,040$61,334
Jeff SessionsRAL$109,300$72,420
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$108,146$10,375
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$67,925$42,180
Olympia J. SnoweRME$67,700$43,812
Debbie StabenowDMI$86,400$24,421
Jon TesterDMT$143,716$22,366
John ThuneRSD$202,735$303,343
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$321,067$1,415,491
Mark UdallDCO$251,012$40,725
Tom UdallDNM$126,635$15,200
David VitterRLA$172,500$229,101
Mark R. WarnerDVA$410,219$104,043
Jim WebbDVA$12,200$6,845
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$94,387$22,409
Roger F. WickerRMS$172,550$92,744
Ron WydenDOR$143,454$73,142

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$1,000$0
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$191,833$34,382
Kelly AyotteRNH$124,720$132,217
John BarrassoRWY$102,750$66,650
Max BaucusDMT$234,950$77,572
Mark BegichDAK$60,762$12,175
Michael F. BennetDCO$258,123$43,700
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$6,000$1,000
Richard BlumenthalDCT$213,766$28,350
Roy BluntRMO$362,279$186,804
John BoozmanRAR$136,300$53,095
Barbara BoxerDCA$230,225$90,753
Scott P. BrownRMA$651,776$779,388
Sherrod BrownDOH$247,739$43,275
Richard BurrRNC$199,305$116,797
Maria CantwellDWA$139,050$33,162
Ben CardinDMD$138,225$27,429
Tom CarperDDE$40,350$53,050
Bob CaseyDPA$150,560$39,600
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$290,700$429,832
Daniel CoatsRIN$72,100$76,750
Tom CoburnROK$41,050$107,323
William Thad CochranRMS$35,203$22,300
Susan M. CollinsRME$162,050$133,045
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$6,900$1,000
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$78,700$23,000
Bob CorkerRTN$387,381$106,742
John CornynRTX$353,415$227,235
Mike CrapoRID$74,350$29,320
Jim DeMintRSC$125,524$315,820
Dick DurbinDIL$219,271$54,150
Mike EnziRWY$39,500$17,000
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$148,907$46,789
Al FrankenDMN$182,522$53,583
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$766,032$116,765
Lindsey GrahamRSC$188,282$35,908
Chuck GrassleyRIA$89,650$75,976
Kay R. HaganDNC$154,283$31,049
Tom HarkinDIA$93,700$12,300
Orrin G. HatchRUT$173,750$76,700
Dean HellerRNV$251,531$203,937
John HoevenRND$85,200$21,000
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$32,600$53,300
Jim InhofeROK$109,502$74,325
Dan InouyeDHI$85,716$28,200
Johnny IsaksonRGA$309,625$67,650
Mike JohannsRNE$55,150$34,296
Ron JohnsonRWI$87,100$167,227
Tim JohnsonDSD$51,250$4,000
John F. KerryDMA$78,749$28,138
Mark KirkRIL$347,450$374,150
Amy KlobucharDMN$187,883$58,851
Herb KohlDWI$0$0
Jon KylRAZ$1,600$9,317
Mary L. LandrieuDLA$207,893$45,299
Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$201,800$17,500
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$36,450$125,246
Mike LeeRUT$40,097$38,970
Carl LevinDMI$164,925$16,100
Joe LiebermanICT$15,500$2,000
Dick LugarRIN$120,600$49,050
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$107,550$30,966
John McCainRAZ$131,450$190,669
Claire McCaskillDMO$217,681$70,356
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$337,095$361,402
Bob MenéndezDNJ$389,025$45,222
Jeff MerkleyDOR$111,300$23,900
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$86,700$40,600
Jerry MoranRKS$115,104$56,805
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$79,850$23,400
Patty MurrayDWA$158,812$80,764
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$62,950$24,600
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$277,483$37,959
Rand PaulRKY$65,330$287,050
Rob PortmanROH$260,600$177,748
Mark L. PryorDAR$110,800$35,781
John "Jack" ReedDRI$92,200$16,850
Harry ReidDNV$472,436$171,864
Jim RischRID$49,300$196,800
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$110,450$121,249
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$107,950$52,636
Marco RubioRFL$363,672$1,003,843
Bernie SandersIVT$11,000$4,240
Chuck SchumerDNY$536,040$61,334
Jeff SessionsRAL$109,300$72,420
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$108,146$10,375
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$67,925$42,180
Olympia J. SnoweRME$67,700$43,812
Debbie StabenowDMI$86,400$24,421
Jon TesterDMT$143,716$22,366
John ThuneRSD$202,735$303,343
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$321,067$1,415,491
Mark UdallDCO$251,012$40,725
Tom UdallDNM$126,635$15,200
David VitterRLA$172,500$229,101
Mark R. WarnerDVA$410,219$104,043
Jim WebbDVA$12,200$6,845
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$94,387$22,409
Roger F. WickerRMS$172,550$92,744
Ron WydenDOR$143,454$73,142

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Real estate$11,199,255
Computer software$4,356,003
Department, variety & convenience stores$1,904,162
Miscellaneous retail stores$1,524,633
Retail trade$907,621
Veterinarians$555,270
Vendors$469,700
Jewelry$155,975
Public official (elected or appointed)$141,412

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$6,864,752
Computer software$4,356,003
Electronics manufacturing & services$1,426,122
Computer manufacture & services$1,059,933
Vendors$469,700
General business associations$412,685
Internet & Online Services$381,145
Consumer electronics & computer stores$329,700
Direct mail advertising services$327,735
Fiscal & tax policy$57,975
Consumer groups$5,150
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