February 20, 2016 •
New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics Releases New Advisory Opinion on Political Contributions
The Joint Commission on Public Ethics has released an advisory opinion addressing whether an elected official can solicit and accept campaign contributions or other forms of support for his campaign from a subject of the official’s enforcement powers. In the opinion, JCOPE determined an elected official running for election may not directly solicit or accept monetary or in-kind campaign contributions from any person or entity which is the active subject of an ongoing exercise of enforcement powers of the elected official or the office of the elected official.
Additionally, other, non-monetary forms of political support will be determined on a case-by-case basis as to whether a conflict of interest exists. The public official would be required to recuse himself from an exercise of enforcement powers against a party from whom he accepted a contribution in the prior 12 months.
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