October 9, 2020 •

Philadelphia Board of Ethics Announces Training Schedule

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The Philadelphia Board of Ethics announced the 2020 lobbying training schedule. The virtual training will cover ethics rules, registering, and filing expense reports with the Board of Ethics. At this time, it is not mandatory to attend one of the […]

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics announced the 2020 lobbying training schedule.

The virtual training will cover ethics rules, registering, and filing expense reports with the Board of Ethics.

At this time, it is not mandatory to attend one of the 2020 lobbying trainings.

However, attendance at a training will be credited when the mandatory training provision takes effect for registered entities.

Registration for the lobbying training can be accomplished at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqd-6srj0tHdGweXo4WfNtm4z9H7yiRooO.

Questions regarding the schedule or training may be directed to the Board of Ethics at Lobbying@phila.gov or BOE.Training@phila.gov

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May 6, 2019 •

Philadelphia Passes Ordinance Strengthening Campaign Finance Public Disclosure

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On May 1, Mayor Jim Kenney signed Ordinance No. 190083 amending the city’s provisions regarding campaign contributions, transition and inauguration committees, and campaign finance disclosures. Ordinance No. 190083, increased contribution limits for persons other than individuals from $11,900 to $12,000 […]

On May 1, Mayor Jim Kenney signed Ordinance No. 190083 amending the city’s provisions regarding campaign contributions, transition and inauguration committees, and campaign finance disclosures.

Ordinance No. 190083, increased contribution limits for persons other than individuals from $11,900 to $12,000 per calendar year.

Candidates may now establish a separate committee to raise money for transition or inauguration into office.

Additionally, a candidate may accept contributions to the transition or inauguration committee in addition to the contributions for their candidate committee.

The ordinance also requires enhanced disclosure of expenditures for publicly-distributed electioneering communications of $5,000 or more based on the date of the expenditure or date of its dissemination.

The provisions of the ordinance are effective immediately.

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December 8, 2016 •

Philadelphia Board of Ethics Approves Changes to Campaign Finance Regulation

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics passed changes to Regulation No. 1, the Board’s campaign finance rules. Among the changes, the Board added a definition for a former candidate, clarified electronic filing requirements, and now requires political committees to file a […]

Seal of PhiladelphiaThe Philadelphia Board of Ethics passed changes to Regulation No. 1, the Board’s campaign finance rules.

Among the changes, the Board added a definition for a former candidate, clarified electronic filing requirements, and now requires political committees to file a report with the Board any time it files a statement with city commissioners or the Secretary of State disclosing debt incurred to influence a covered election.

Other clerical changes and updates to the examples provided were also made. These changes are now in effect.

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October 28, 2016 •

Philadelphia, PA Mayor Signs Executive Order Amending Ban on Gifts

Mayor Jim Kenney signed an executive order this week making changes to the city’s ban on gifts to executive branch employees. Executive Order 10-16 specifically mentions lobbyists as a prohibited source of gifts, whereas the previous administration’s order only mentions […]

james_f-_kenney_2009Mayor Jim Kenney signed an executive order this week making changes to the city’s ban on gifts to executive branch employees.

Executive Order 10-16 specifically mentions lobbyists as a prohibited source of gifts, whereas the previous administration’s order only mentions persons seeking business with the city or those seeking legislative or administrative action. Furthermore, gifts are now prohibited for a 12-month period from anyone seeking official action to the specific officer or employee from whom action was sought.

The new order does, however, carve out several exceptions to the prohibition, including the acceptance of food, beverage, and entertainment at a reception open to the public. These changes are effective immediately.

Photo of Mayor Jim Kenney by Jeff Meade on Wikimedia Commons.

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October 28, 2016 •

Philadelphia, PA Board of Ethics Proposes Changes to Lobbying Regulation

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics has voted to approve, for public comment, proposed amendments to the city’s lobbying regulation. The proposed changes to Regulation 9 include a substantial reorganization as well as more substantive changes such as increasing the lobbyist […]

Seal of PhiladelphiaThe Philadelphia Board of Ethics has voted to approve, for public comment, proposed amendments to the city’s lobbying regulation.

The proposed changes to Regulation 9 include a substantial reorganization as well as more substantive changes such as increasing the lobbyist registration fee from $100 to $200 and clarification on what must be disclosed on quarterly reports.

A public hearing for the proposed amendments is set for November 16, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the Board of Ethics.

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January 12, 2016 •

Philadelphia Ethics Board Announces New Contribution Limits

The city Ethics Board released new contribution limits for city candidates on January 11. Candidates for city offices may accept up to $3,000 in a calendar year from an individual contributor, an increase from the previous limit of $2,900. Groups […]

Seal of PhiladelphiaThe city Ethics Board released new contribution limits for city candidates on January 11.

Candidates for city offices may accept up to $3,000 in a calendar year from an individual contributor, an increase from the previous limit of $2,900. Groups and businesses may contribute up to $11,900 to a candidate per year, an increase of $400.

Contribution limits are adjusted every four years based on the consumer price index.

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May 13, 2015 •

Philadelphia City Council Seeks Greater Transparency from Super PACs

City Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a measure to increase the transparency of money donated to city elections. With the mayoral race hitting its stride, independent expenditure PACs are making their presence known, donating millions to support their candidate of […]

Seal of PhiladelphiaCity Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a measure to increase the transparency of money donated to city elections. With the mayoral race hitting its stride, independent expenditure PACs are making their presence known, donating millions to support their candidate of choice.

The bill, while unable to limit these contributions, seeks to increase disclosure of the source of PAC funds by moving the first report from 11 days before a primary election to six weeks before the primary and every two weeks thereafter. This requirement would apply to donations of $5,000 or more on communications mentioning a candidate in any way.

Though the bill was introduced too late to apply to the primary on May 19, Clarke is hoping the changes will be in effect prior to the general election in November.

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October 16, 2014 •

New Campaign Finance Rules in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics approved amendments to the city’s campaign finance rules this week. Included in the amendments is a more expansive definition of third party support of a candidate. Campaign materials produced by a candidate and subsequently used […]

Seal of PhiladelphiaThe Philadelphia Board of Ethics approved amendments to the city’s campaign finance rules this week. Included in the amendments is a more expansive definition of third party support of a candidate.

Campaign materials produced by a candidate and subsequently used by an individual or PAC, independent of the candidate, now constitutes an in-kind contribution subject to the city’s contribution limits. The new rule is intended to curb a growing trend among candidates of posting videos on the internet, allowing third parties to take the material and independently create political advertisements.

The board unanimously approved the changes in an expedited manner to ensure the new rules would cover the impending 2015 mayoral race.

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