As we previously blogged, the District of Columbia’s pay-to-play law will go into effect on November 9, 2022. The law prohibits businesses doing or seeking to do business with the DC government from making certain political contributions if the contracts involved are worth an aggregate value of $250,000 or more. The contribution ban also applies to the company’s senior officers. Violations may result in termination of a contract or disqualification from seeking future contracts (including extensions of existing contracts) for up to four years.

The law applies to contracts sought, entered into, or executed after November 9, 2022.

The District of Columbia joins twenty-eight states and numerous municipalities with laws restricting contributions from government contractors and their principals and imposing special reporting requirements.

Please contact Venable’s Political Law Group if you have questions about establishing a pay-to-play compliance program. For more information on developments in federal and state campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics laws, please visit Venable’s political law blog at PoliticalLawBriefing.com.

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Larry Norton, a former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), advises clients on federal and state campaign finance laws, lobbying disclosure, gift and ethics rules, pay-to-play laws, and the tax implications of political activities. His clients include corporations and their PACs…

Larry Norton, a former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), advises clients on federal and state campaign finance laws, lobbying disclosure, gift and ethics rules, pay-to-play laws, and the tax implications of political activities. His clients include corporations and their PACs, advocacy groups and trade associations, candidates, super PACs, lobbying shops and law firms, and high-net-worth individuals. Larry recognizes the unique issues facing organizations seeking to influence public policy and elections. He provides pragmatic and creative solutions to complex problems, troubleshoots new projects and programs, and helps clients manage their legal and reputational risks.

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Ron Jacobs focuses his practice on political law, nonprofit organizations, and crisis management, including congressional investigations, class actions, and regulatory investigations. Ron founded and co-chairs the firm’s nationally recognized Political Law practice. He advises clients on all aspects of state and federal political…

Ron Jacobs focuses his practice on political law, nonprofit organizations, and crisis management, including congressional investigations, class actions, and regulatory investigations. Ron founded and co-chairs the firm’s nationally recognized Political Law practice. He advises clients on all aspects of state and federal political law, including campaign finance, lobbying disclosure, gift and ethics rules, pay-to-play laws, and tax implications of political activities.