Ask the Experts – Lobbyist’s Personal Delivery of Political Contributions - State and Federal Communications

August 3, 2011  •  

Ask the Experts – Lobbyist’s Personal Delivery of Political Contributions

Nola Werren
Nola Werren, Esq.

Q. Are there prohibitions on registered lobbyists hand-delivering a political contribution check [personal, corporate, or PAC] to a candidate at the candidate’s fundraiser?

A. Forty-six states do not regulate the personal delivery of campaign contributions by contributions.  Of course, this assumes all other things being legal, such as session bans, a ban on corporate contributions, a ban on personal contributions by lobbyists, or personally delivering contributions while at the state capitol.

Alaska law provides that lobbyists may not host a fundraising event, directly or indirectly collect contributions, deliver contributions to a candidate, or participate in fund-raising activities.

Kentucky law prohibits a legislative agent from exercising control over a campaign contribution from a PAC and directing it to a specific state legislator, candidate, or committee.  This prohibition includes hand-delivering a contribution.

In Maryland, a lobbyist may not, for the benefit of the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, or comptroller, member of the general assembly, or candidate for election to these offices solicit or transmit a political contribution from any person or political committee.

South Carolina has very strict rules governing a lobbyist’s involvement when it comes to political contributions.  Not only are lobbyists prohibited from making personal political contributions —  even as a constituent — they are prohibited from hand-delivering a corporate or PAC check to a candidate at the candidate’s fundraiser.

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