June 25, 2014 •
SEC Charges Firm with Pay-to-Play Violation
For the first time, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged a firm with violations of its pay-to-play rules. On June 20, the SEC charged TL Ventures Inc., a private equity firm, with receiving advisory fees from the pension funds of both Philadelphia and Pennsylvania after an associate of the firm had made campaign contributions in 2011 to the governor and a candidate for mayor.
Federal regulations prohibit investment advisers and their covered associates who make contributions to officials of state and local government entities from providing compensatory advisory services for two years following a campaign contribution. TL Ventures Inc. has agreed to settle the charges by paying nearly $300,000.
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