seec: Special Contribution Bans

Contribution and Solicitation Limitations
 
The Connecticut General Statutes prohibit state contractors, prospective state contractors, principals of state contractors and prospective state contractors (including spouses and dependent children over the age of eighteen) and political committees established or controlled by such state contractors, prospective state contractors or their principals from contributing to those candidates running for an office in the branch with which the contractor has or is seeking a contract, political committees authorized to give to such candidates, or party committees (which includes town committees). In addition, as of January 1, 2011, state contractors, prospective state contractors, and their principals are prohibited from knowingly soliciting contributions from the state contractor's employees or from the state contractor’s subcontractors and their principals for candidates in the branch with which the contractor has or is seeking a contract, political committees authorized to give to such candidates, or party committees. 
 
State agencies and quasi-public agencies report to the SEEC the names of their state contractors and prospective state contractors which meet financial threshold:  having or seeking to obtain a state contract valued at $50,000 or more from a single agency or $100,000 with multiple agencies. The SEEC periodically publishes the names of the state contractors and prospective state contractors on its website.    
 
Lobbyist Provisions
 
Under Public Act 10-1, communicator lobbyists and members of their immediate families as well as political committees that they established or control are limited to contributing up to $100 to exploratory or candidate committees for statewide or General Assembly candidates, political committees established or controlled by those candidates, legislative caucus or legislative leadership committees, or party committees. 
 
Public Act 10-1 also prohibits communicator lobbyists from bundling contributions on behalf of executive and legislative branch candidates. The statute defines "bundle" as forwarding five or more contributions to a single committee by a communicator lobbyist, an agent of the lobbyist, or an immediate family member of a lobbyist or raising contributions for such a committee at a fundraising affair hosted or sponsored by such lobbyist, lobbyist's agent or immediate family member.
 
In addition, as of January 1, 2011, communicator lobbyists may not solicit contributions from individuals who serve on the board of directors of, are partners of, are employed by, or have a 5 percent or more ownership interest in any client lobbyist they represent.
 
There is also a sessional lobbyist contribution and solicitation ban that applies to both client and communicator lobbyist and their political committees during legislative session.  This applies during any regular legislative session or during special sessions or vote-override sessions in odd-numbered years. During those designated times, no lobbyist may contribute to or solicit on behalf of any legislator or state officer's candidate or exploratory committee, a political committee for a particular legislative district or established or controlled by a state officer or legislator.
 
 
 
 
 




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