seec: Faqs Contributions and Solicitations

 
Lobbyist and State Contractor
Contributions and Solicitations
  {SEEC}  Contributions and Solicitations
{SEEC} Does the provision prohibiting lobbyist solicitation and contributions during the legislative session apply during a special session of the General Assembly convened after the regular legislative session in 2012? (rev. 5/23/12)

No.  The lobbyist sessional ban provision does not apply during any special session of the General Assembly held between the adjournment of the regular session in an even-numbered year and the convening of the regular session in the following odd-numbered year.  

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I am a candidate participating in the Citizens’ Election Program (CEP).  Can I now accept a qualifying contribution from a communicator lobbyist or a spouse or dependent child of a communicator lobbyist? (rev. 8/27/10)
Yes.  Under Public Act 10-1, communicator lobbyists are permitted to give qualifying contributions to CEP candidates.  
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I am a candidate participating in the Citizens’ Election Program (CEP).  Can I now accept a qualifying contribution from a principal of a state contractor? (rev. 8/27/10)
No.  This part of the law remains the same.  Candidates participating in the CEP may not receive qualifying contributions from principals of state contractors or prospective state contractors regardless of the branch with which the contractor has or is seeking a contract.
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What qualifying contribution certification card should I use to gather QCs?
(rev. 8/27/10)
The SEEC has posted updated contributor certification cards for participating candidates, nonparticipating candidates and party committees in light of the new law.   These new cards are available on our website:  Contributor Certification Forms.
 
Participating candidates for General Assembly should use Sample Certification Form A
 
Participating candidates for Statewide office should use Sample Certification Form B.
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What if I have gathered qualifying contributions using the old forms?
(rev. 8/27/10)
This is ok.  These forms will be accepted by the SEEC for qualifying contributions. 
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{SEEC} What if my campaign already designed its own forms?  How can we alter these forms to stay in compliance with the law?  (rev. 8/27/10)
You may remove any certification from your contribution card which certifies that the contributor is NOT a lobbyist.  Note that you must retain questions on the contribution card regarding lobbyist status as this information must be reported in the campaign’s SEEC Form 30 for each contribution under the law.  You should use the updated “definitions” page applicable to your candidate.
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What if some of my qualifying contributions were disqualified by the SEEC because they were from a communicator lobbyist?  Can we accept new qualifying contributions from such lobbyists now?  (rev. 8/27/10)
Yes, if you have not already received a grant.  If you have already received a grant, you cannot solicit or receive additional contributions from anyone, including communicator lobbyists. 
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I am a communicator lobbyist.  Can I now give contributions to candidate committees for General Assembly and statewide candidates or party committees?  Can I attend fundraisers for such committees?  (rev. 8/27/10)
Yes.  Under Public Act 10-1, communicator lobbyists and their immediate family members may now contribute up to $100 in the aggregate to exploratory or candidate committees for statewide or General Assembly candidates [both nonparticipating and participating candidates] , political committees established or controlled by those candidates, legislative caucus or legislative leadership committees, or party committees (which includes town committees).*   
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As a communicator lobbyist, can I now attend fundraisers for candidate committees for General Assembly and statewide candidates or party committees so long as the ticket price is under $100?  (rev. 8/27/10)
Yes.  Under Public Act 10-1, communicator lobbyists and their immediate family members may now attend such fundraisers as they are no longer subject to a solicitation ban.  Note that starting January 1, 2011, communicator lobbyists and their immediate family members will be prohibited from soliciting contributions for covered committees (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) 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. 
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As a communicator lobbyist, can I host a fundraiser for a candidate for General Assembly or statewide office?  (rev. 8/27/10)
No.  The new statute 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. This bundling ban takes effect immediately.
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I am a principal of a state contractor, can I give contributions to candidates for statewide office or General Assembly who are not participating in the Citizens’ Election Program?  (rev. 8/27/10)
The state contractor contribution ban is still in effect.  Thus, principals of state contractors and prospective state contractors are still prohibited from making contributions to certain committees depending on the branch with which the contractor has or is seeking a contract. 
 
Executive branch state contractors cannot make contributions in any amount to:
  • Exploratory committees or candidate committees  for candidates for statewide office;
  • Political committees authorized to give to such candidates; or
  • Party committees
Legislative branch state contractors cannot make contributions in any amount to:
  • Exploratory committees or candidate committees  for candidates for General Assembly;
  • Political committees authorized to give to such candidates; or
  • Party committees
Note:  The purchase of a ticket to a campaign or committee event is considered a contribution under the law.  As noted above, candidates participating in the CEP may not receive qualifying contributions from principals of state contractors or prospective state contractors regardless of the branch with which the contractor has or is seeking a contract.
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I am a principal of a state contractor.  Can I attend a fundraiser for a candidate for statewide office or General Assembly?  (rev. 8/27/10)
Yes.  Although a principal of a state contractor cannot make same-branch contributions, under Public Act 10-1, principals of state contractors and prospective state contractors may now attend fundraisers as they are no longer subject to a solicitation ban.  Note that the purchase of a ticket to a campaign or committee event is considered a contribution under the law and therefore may still be prohibited.   Also note that, starting January 1, 2011, there is a new solicitation prohibition in effect.  No state contractor or prospective state contractor or principals thereof may solicit contributions from the contractor’s employees or one of its subcontractors or the subcontractor's principals to go to 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.
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