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State Elections Enforcement Commission

Lobbyist Contribution and Solicitation Ban


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State Elections Enforcement Commission

  • Public Campaign Financing Program for Statewide and General Assembly Candidates

  • State Contractor Contribution and Solicitation Ban

  • Lobbyist Contribution and Solicitation Ban

  • Filing Repository moved to SEEC from SOTS

Public Act 2005-05

October 25 Special Session


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Senior Executive Operations

Information Technology Services

Public Financing Unit

Legal and Enforcement Unit

Campaign Disclosure and Audit Unit

Fiscal, Administrative and Grant Payments Unit

Commission Staff

State Elections Enforcement Commission


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Lobbyist Contribution Ban

State Elections Enforcement Commission

No communicator lobbyist may make a contribution to:

  • Candidates for statewide office or general

    assembly or exploratory committees for those offices (including qualifying contributions to candidates participating in the Citizens’ Election Program)

  • Political committees established or controlled by those candidates

  • Legislative leadership and legislative caucus committees

  • Party committees


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Client Lobbyist – expends or agrees to expend $2,000 in a calendar year

Communicator Lobbyist – receives or agrees to receive $2,000 in a calendar year

Individual

Member of a business organization

In-house (regular employee of client lobbyist)

Who’s Who - Definitions

State Elections Enforcement Commission


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State Elections Enforcement Commission

Definitions Continued

$2,000 for what?

  • Administrative Lobbying; and/or

  • Legislative Lobbying; and or

  • Activities in Furtherance of Lobbying


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State Elections Enforcement Commission

Lobbyist Contribution Ban

  • Also applies to political committees (known as PACs) established or controlled by a communicator lobbyist

  • Lobbyist political committees may not make contributions to covered candidates or committees, or solicit for them


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Lobbyist Solicitation Ban

State Elections Enforcement Commission

Lobbyists, immediate family members, agents or

political committees cannot solicit contributions for:

  • Candidates for Statewide Office and General Assembly

  • Political committees established or controlled by such candidates

  • Legislative leadership or legislative caucus committees or

  • Party committees (including state central and town committees)


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Lobbyist Solicitation Ban

State Elections Enforcement Commission

Lobbyists, immediate family members, agents or

their political committees cannot solicit a contribution or an ad book purchase for a town committee


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State Elections Enforcement Commission

  • Spouse and dependent

    children of a lobbyist are also subject to the

    contribution and

    solicitation bans

  • Includes partners to a civil union

Immediate Family


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State Elections Enforcement Commission

  • Requesting that a contribution be made;

  • Participating in any fundraising activities,

    including, but not limited to:

    • forwarding tickets

    • receiving contributions

    • bundling contributions

    • attending a fundraiser

  • Serving as chairperson, campaign treasurer or

    deputy treasurer of a covered committee

“Solicit” Means


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State Elections Enforcement Commission

“Solicit” Does NOT Mean:

  • Informing any person of a position taken by a candidate for public office or a public official

  • Notifying the person of any activities of, or contact information for, any candidate for public office


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State Elections Enforcement Commission

  • Volunteer for a political campaign

  • Put a sign on his/her lawn

  • Drive the candidate around campaigning

  • Tell people candidate X is great…or awful

  • Make get out to vote calls

A Lobbyist May Still:


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State Elections Enforcement Commission

  • Contribute to and solicit for candidates for Judge of Probate, local candidates and referenda

  • Make independent expenditures in support of candidates

Lobbyists May Still:


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State Elections Enforcement Commission

  • Express support for a candidate or their views

  • Communicate their evaluations of a legislator or candidate to their clients

  • Contribute to a political committee that is not a legislative leadership committee, legislative caucus committee or a political committee established or controlled by one of the covered candidates (but no earmarking)

Lobbyists May Still:


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  • It is illegal to make, receive or solicit a prohibited contribution 9-622(10)

  • Since lobbyist contributions are prohibited, they cannot legally be solicited

  • Same definition of “solicit” applies

Legislators May Not Solicit Lobbyists


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State Elections Enforcement Commission

  • Law since 1990

  • Used to apply to both client and communicator lobbyists and their political committees

  • Contributions/Solicitations banned during the legislative session

  • Still necessary for Client Lobbyists

  • And non-contributions don’t apply for client and communicator lobbyists during session

Sessional Lobbyist Contribution Ban


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State Elections Enforcement Commission

  • B-2 Certification of Eligibility to Receive Lobbyist Contributions During Session

  • B-3 Certification of a Committee Established by of on Behalf of a Lobbyist

  • Lists published and distributed during session

  • Reminders of sessional ban in Bulletin

Prohibited Donor and Recipient Lists for Sessional Lobbyist Ban


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State Elections Enforcement Commission

  • PA 06-137 Removed the annual lobbyist campaign finance filing

  • Effective October 1, 2007

Annual Filing Requirement Abolished


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State Elections Enforcement Commission

  • Law requires us to compile a database of those subject to the

    ban

  • Over 10,000 vendors

  • Posted on our website:

    www.ct.gov\seec

State Contractors Ban


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State Elections Enforcement Commission

Contractor Ban

  • Principals of contractors with the executive and legislative branches

  • Valued at $50,000, or $100,000 in the aggregate

  • CANNOT contribute to or solicit for candidates in the branch of government they have a contract with, political committees authorized to contribute to said candidates or party committees

  • CANNOT make qualifying contributions to candidates participating in the Citizens’ Election Program


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Certification

  • ALL contributors making contributions to covered candidate committees, political committees or party committees of $50 dollars or more must certify that they are not communicator lobbyists, immediate family members of communicator lobbyists, or principals of state contractors or prospective state contractors


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New Electronic Filing System

State Elections Enforcement Commission

  • New system being developed

  • Searchable database

  • Redesigned forms

  • User friendly

  • All SOTS campaign finance filings with SEEC beginning in 2007


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Purpose of Presentation

  • The purpose of this presentation is to provide you with general information about the various rules and requirements of the Program. This presentation however, is not a substitute for the law, which can be found on the Commission’s web site.


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State Elections Enforcement CommissionContact Information

  • Address:

    20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106

  • E-mail:

    Seec@.ct.gov

  • Telephone:

    (860) 256-2940

    Toll free (in-state only)

    1-(866) 733-2463

    1-(866) SEEC-INFO

  • Fax:

    (860) 256-2983

  • Website:

    www.ct.gov/seec


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