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lobbyist contribution and solicitation ban

State Elections Enforcement Commission

Lobbyist Contribution and Solicitation Ban

public act 2005 05 october 25 special session

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

commission staff
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

lobbyist contribution ban
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
who s who definitions
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
lobbyist contribution ban7

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
lobbyist solicitation ban
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

state elections enforcement commission
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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State Elections Enforcement Commission
  • 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
certification
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
new electronic filing system
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
purpose of presentation
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.
state elections enforcement commission contact information
State Elections Enforcement CommissionContact Information
  • Address:

20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106

  • E-mail:

[email protected]

  • 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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