Code of the District of Columbia

Part B. Campaign Finance Committees.


§ 1–1163.07. Organization of committees.

Political committees, political action committees, and independent expenditure committees shall be subject to the following requirements:

(1) Each committee shall file with the Director of Campaign Finance a statement of organization within 10 days after its organization. The statement of organization shall include:

(A) The name and address of the committee;

(B) The name, address, and position of the custodian of books and accounts;

(C) The name, address, and position of other principal officers, including officers and members of the finance committee, if any;

(C-i) The name, address, and position of all directors and officers;

(D) The name and address of the bank or banks designated by the committee as the committee’s depository or depositories, together with the subchapter and number of each account and safety deposit box used by that committee at the depository or depositories, and the identification of each individual authorized to make withdrawals or payments out of each account or box; and

(E) Other information as shall be required by the Director of Campaign Finance.

(2) Any change in information previously submitted in a statement of organization shall be reported to the Director of Campaign Finance within the 10-day period following the change.

(3) Any committee which, after having filed one or more statements of organization, disbands or determines it will no longer receive contributions or make expenditures during the calendar year shall so notify the Director of Campaign Finance.

(4) Every committee shall have a chairman and a treasurer. No contribution and no expenditure shall be accepted or made by or on behalf of a committee at a time when there is a vacancy in the office of treasurer for the committee and no other person has been designated and has agreed to perform the functions of treasurer. No expenditure shall be made for or on behalf of a committee without the authorization of its chairman or treasurer, or their designated agents.

(5)(A) For every contribution and expenditure of $50 or more for or on behalf of a committee, a detailed account shall be submitted to the treasurer of a committee on demand, or within 5 days after receipt of the contribution or expenditure, of the amount, the name and address (including the occupation and the principal place of business, if any) of the contributor or the individual to whom the expenditure was made, and the date of the contribution or expenditure. For an expenditure, the account should also include the office sought by the candidate on whose behalf the expenditure was made.

(B) The treasurer or candidate shall obtain and preserve receipted bills and records as may be required by the Elections Board.

(6) All funds of a committee shall be segregated from, and may not be commingled with, any personal funds of officers, members, or associates of the committee.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 307, 59 DCR 1862; Feb. 22, 2014, D.C. Law 20-79, § 2(h), 61 DCR 153.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-1001.16, § 1-1001.17, § 1-1163.08, § 1-1163.10, and § 1-1163.11.

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-79 substituted “Political committees, political action committees, and independent expenditure committees” for “Political, exploratory, transition, and inaugural committees, which are established pursuant to this part” in the introductory language; added (1)(C-i); substituted “No contribution or expenditure may” for “No contribution and no expenditure shall” in (4); and, in (5)(A), substituted “contribution or expenditure” for “contribution and expenditure” and “accepted or made” for “for or”.

Editor's Notes

Section 7009 of D.C. Law 21-160 repealed § 3 of D.C. Law 20-79. Therefore the changes made to this section by D.C. Law 20-79 have been given effect.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-79: Section 3 of D.C. Law 20-79 provided that the act shall apply upon the latest of: (1) The inclusion of the fiscal effect of the act in an approved budget and financial plan, as certified by the Chief Financial Officer to the Budget Director of the Council in a certification published by the Council in the District of Columbia Register; or (2) January 31, 2015.

A certification dated February 4, 2015, that the fiscal effect of the Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Amendment Act of 2013, D.C. Law 20-79, has been included in an approved budget and financial plan was published in the D.C. Register on March 13, 2015 (62 DCR 2988).


§ 1–1163.08. Designation of campaign depositories; petty cash fund.

(a) Each committee and each candidate accepting contributions or making expenditures, shall designate in the registration statement required under § 1-1163.07 or § 1-1163.12, one or more national banks located in the District of Columbia as the depository or depositories of that committee or candidate. Each committee or candidate shall maintain a checking account or accounts at such depository or depositories and shall deposit any contributions received by the committee or candidate into that account or accounts. No expenditures may be made by a committee or candidate except by check drawn payable to the person to whom the expenditure is being made on that account or accounts, other than petty cash expenditures as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

(b) A committee or candidate may maintain a petty cash fund out of which may be made expenditures not in excess of $50 to any person in connection with a single purchase or transaction. A record of petty cash receipts and disbursements shall be kept in accordance with requirements established by the Elections Board, and statements and reports of expenditures shall be furnished to the Director of Campaign Finance as it may require.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 308, 59 DCR 1862.)


§ 1–1163.09. Reporting.

(a) The following individuals shall file with the Director of Campaign Finance, and with the principal campaign committee, if applicable, reports of receipts and expenditures on forms to be prescribed or approved by the Director of Campaign Finance:

(1) The treasurer of each political committee;

(2) The treasurer of each political action committee; and

(3) The treasurer of each independent expenditure committee.

(b) The reports required by subsection (a) of this section shall be filed on the 10th day of March, June, August, October, and December in the 7 months preceding the date on which, and in each year during which, an election is held for the office sought, and 8 days before a special or general election, and also by the 31st day of January of each year. In addition, the reports shall be filed on the 31st day of July of each year in which there is no election. The reports shall be complete as of the date prescribed by the Director of Campaign Finance, which shall not be more than 5 days before the date of filing, except that any contribution of $200 or more received after the closing date prescribed by the Director of Campaign Finance for the last report required to be filed before the election shall be reported within 24 hours after its receipt.

(b-1)(1) In addition to the reports required by subsection (a) of this section, the Director of Campaign Finance shall, by rulemaking, establish a schedule for candidates seeking certification and participating candidates to submit reports of qualified small-dollar contributions and contributions from non-District resident individuals that include the information required by § 1-1163.32b(b).

(2) The schedule established under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall include, at a minimum, 3 dates within the 60-day period immediately preceding a primary, special, or general election, as applicable to the participating candidate.

(c) The reports to be filed under subsection (a) of this section under this section shall disclose:

(1) The amount of cash on hand at the beginning of the reporting period;

(2) The full name and mailing address, including the occupation and the principal place of business, if any, of each person who has made one or more contributions to or for a committee or candidate, including the purchase of tickets for events such as dinners, luncheons, rallies, and similar fundraising events, within the calendar year in an aggregate amount or value in excess of $50 or more, together with the amount and date of the contributions;

(2A) For each contribution by a business contributor, any information provided by that business contributor in accordance with § 1-1163.13(b);

(3) The total sum of individual contributions made to or for a committee or candidate during the reporting period and not reported under paragraph (2) of this subsection;

(4) Each loan to or from any person within the calendar year in an aggregate amount or values of $50 or more, together with the full names and mailing addresses (including the occupation and the principal place of business, if any) of the lender and endorsers, if any, and the date and amount of the loans; and

(5) The net amount of proceeds from:

(A) The sale of tickets to each dinner, luncheon, rally, and other fundraising events organized by a committee;

(B) Mass collections made at the events; and

(C) Sales by a committee of items such as political campaign pins, buttons, badges, flags, emblems, hats, banners, literature, and similar materials;

(6) Each contribution, rebate, refund, or other receipt of $50 or more not otherwise listed under paragraphs (2) through (5) of this subsection;

(7) The total sum of all receipts by or for a committee or candidate during the reporting period;

(8) The full name and mailing address (including the occupation and the principal place of business, if any) of each person to whom expenditures have been made by a committee or on behalf of a committee or candidate within the calendar year in an aggregate amount or value of $10 or more, the amount, date, and purpose of each expenditure, and the name and address of, and office sought by, each candidate on whose behalf the expenditure was made;

(9) The total sum of expenditures made by a committee or candidate during the calendar year;

(10) The amount and nature of debts and obligations owed by or to the committee, in a form as the Director of Campaign Finance may prescribe, and a continuous reporting of its debts and obligations after the election when the Director of Campaign Finance may require until the debts and obligations are extinguished; and

(11) Other information as may be required by the Director of Campaign Finance.

(d) The reports to be filed under subsections (a) and (b-1) of this section shall be cumulative during the calendar year to which they relate, but where there has been no change in an item reported in a previous report during the year, only the unchanged amount need be carried forward. If no contributions or expenditures have been accepted or expended during a calendar year, the treasurer of the committee or candidate shall file a statement to that effect.

(e)(1) A report or statement required by this part shall be verified by the oath or affirmation of the person filing the report or statement.

(2) The oath or affirmation required under this subsection shall be given under penalty of perjury and shall state that the filer has used all reasonable diligence in the preparation of the report or statement and the report or statement is true and complete to the best of the filer's knowledge.

(3) An oath or affirmation by a candidate shall also state that the candidate has used all reasonable diligence to ensure that:

(A) The candidate and the candidate's political committees are in compliance with this part; and

(B) The candidate's political committees have advised their contributors of the obligations imposed on those contributors by this subchapter.

(4) The Elections Board shall, by published regulations of general applicability, prescribe the manner in which contributions and expenditures in the nature of debts and other contracts, agreements, and promises to make contributions or expenditures shall be reported. The regulations shall provide that they be reported in separate schedules. In determining aggregate amounts of contributions and expenditures, amounts reported as provided in the regulations shall not be considered until actual payment is made.

(f) Each political committee (including principal campaign, inaugural, transition, and exploratory committees) shall, in a separate schedule of its report to be filed under subsection (a) of this section, disclose the:

(1) Name, address, and employer of each person reasonably known by the committee to have bundled in excess of $10,000 during the reporting period; and

(2) For each person, the total of the bundling.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 309, 59 DCR 1862; Feb. 22, 2014, D.C. Law 20-79, § 2(i), 61 DCR 153; Aug. 19, 2017, D.C. Law 22-13, § 3, 64 DCR 6245; May 5, 2018, D.C. Law 22-94, § 2(b)(2), 65 DCR 2847.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-1001.16, § 1-1001.17, § 1-1163.13, and § 1-1163.17.

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-79 rewrote (a), (b) and (e); added (c)(2A); and added (f).

Applicability

Section 3 of D.C. Law 22-168 amended section 3 of D.C. Law 22-94, removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the amendment of this section by section 2(b)(2) of D.C. Law 22-94 has been implemented as of November 7, 2018.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-94: § 3 of D.C. Law 22-94 provided that the change made to this section by § 2(b)(2) of D.C. Law 22-94 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(a) of Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-491, Oct. 25, 2018, 65 DCR12064).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(a) of Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Emergency Amendment Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-405, July 17, 2018, 65 DCR 7525).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(a) of Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Emergency Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-166, Oct. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 10800).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3 of Primary Date Alteration Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-106, July 25, 2017, 64 DCR 7388).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3 of Primary Date Alteration Emergency Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-75, June 5, 2017, 64 DCR 6080).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(a) of Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-34, Mar. 28, 2017, 64 DCR 3101).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(a) of Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Emergency Amendment Act of 2016 (D.C. Act 21-584, Dec. 24, 2016, 63 DCR 16043).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(a) of Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Temporary Amendment Act of 2018 (D.C. Law 22-178, Oct. 30, 2018, 65 DCR 9567).

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(a) of Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Temporary Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Law 22-42, Jan. 17, 2018, 64 DCR 12308).

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(a)(2) of Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Temporary Amendment Act of 2016 (D.C. Law 21-235, Apr. 1, 2017, 64 DCR 885).

Editor's Notes

Section 7009 of D.C. Law 21-160 repealed § 3 of D.C. Law 20-79. Therefore the changes made to this section by D.C. Law 20-79 have been given effect.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-79: Section 3 of D.C. Law 20-79 provided that the act shall apply upon the latest of: (1) The inclusion of the fiscal effect of the act in an approved budget and financial plan, as certified by the Chief Financial Officer to the Budget Director of the Council in a certification published by the Council in the District of Columbia Register; or (2) January 31, 2015.

A certification dated February 4, 2015, that the fiscal effect of the Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Amendment Act of 2013, D.C. Law 20-79, has been included in an approved budget and financial plan was published in the D.C. Register on March 13, 2015 (62 DCR 2988).


§ 1–1163.10. Principal campaign committee.

(a) Each candidate for office shall designate in writing one political committee as his or her principal campaign committee. The principal campaign committee shall receive all reports made by any other political committee accepting contributions or making expenditures for the purpose of influencing the nomination for election, or election, of the candidate who designated it as his or her principal campaign committee. The principal campaign committee may require additional reports to be made to it by any political committee and may designate the time and number of all reports. No political committee may be designated as the principal campaign committee of more than one candidate, except a principal campaign committee supporting the nomination or election of a candidate as an official of a political party may support the nomination or election of more than one candidate, but may not support the nomination or election of a candidate for any public office.

(b) Each statement (including the statement of organization required under § 1-1163.07) or report that a political committee is required to file with or furnish to the Director of Campaign Finance under the provisions of this part shall also be furnished, if that political committee is not a principal campaign committee, to the principal campaign committee for the candidate on whose behalf that political committee is accepting or making, or intends to accept or make, contributions or expenditures.

(c) The treasurer of each political committee which is a principal campaign committee, and each candidate, shall receive all reports and statements filed with or furnished to it or him or her by other political committees, consolidate, and furnish the reports and statements to the Director of Campaign Finance, together with the reports and statements of the principal campaign committee of which he or she is treasurer or which was designated by him or her, in accordance with the provisions of this part and regulations prescribed by the Elections Board.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 310, 59 DCR 1862.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 2(a) of Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-371, May 16, 2012, 59 DCR 5711).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 1072(c) of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-383, June 19, 2012, 59 DCR 7764).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 1072(c) of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-413, July 25, 2012, 59 DCR 9290).


§ 1–1163.10a. Fund balance requirements of principal campaign committees.

(a) Within the limitations specified in this chapter, any surplus, residual, or unexpended campaign funds received by or on behalf of an individual who seeks nomination for election, or election to office, shall be:

(1) Contributed to a political party for political purposes;

(2) Used to retire the proper debts of his or her political committee that received the funds;

(3) Transferred to a political committee, a charitable organization in accordance with § 47-1803.03(a)(8), or, in the case of an elected official, an established constituent services fund; or

(4) Returned to the donors as follows:

(A) In the case of an individual defeated in an election, within 6 months following the election;

(B) In the case of an individual elected to office, within 6 months following the election; and

(C) In the case of an individual ceasing to be a candidate, within 6 months thereafter.

(b) This section shall not apply to part C-i of this subchapter.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 310a; as added Sept. 20, 2012, D.C. Law 19-168, § 1072(c), 59 DCR 8025; May 5, 2018, D.C. Law 22-94, § 2(b)(3), 65 DCR 2847; Oct. 30, 2018, D.C. Law 22-168, § 1002(b), 65 DCR 9388.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-168 added this section.

Applicability

Section 3 of D.C. Law 22-168 amended section 3 of D.C. Law 22-94, removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the amendment of this section by section 2(b)(3) of D.C. Law 22-94 has been implemented as of November 7, 2018.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-94: § 3 of D.C. Law 22-94 provided that the change made to this section by § 2(b)(3) of D.C. Law 22-94 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1002(b) of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-458, Oct. 3, 2018, 65 DCR 11212).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1002(b) of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-434, July 30, 2018, 65 DCR 8200).

For temporary addition of section, see § 1072(c) of the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-383, June 19, 2012, 59 DCR 7764).

For temporary addition of section, see § 1072(c) of the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-413, July 25, 2012, 59 DCR 9290).


§ 1–1163.11. Specific requirements for statements of organization filed by political committees.

In addition to the statement of organization set forth in § 1-1163.07, each political committee, political action committee, and independent expenditure committee shall also file the following information with the Director of Campaign Finance within 10 days after the political committee's organization:

(1) The names, addresses, and relationships of affiliated or connected organizations;

(2) The area, scope, or jurisdiction of the political committee;

(3) The name, address, office sought, and party affiliation of:

(A) Each candidate whom the committee is supporting; and

(B) Any other individual, if any, whom the committee is supporting for nomination for election or election, to any public office whatever; or, if the committee is supporting the entire ticket of any party, the name of the party; or, if the committee is supporting or opposing any initiative or referendum, the summary statement and short title of the initiative or referendum, prepared in accordance with § 1-1001.16; or, if the committee is supporting or opposing any recall measure, the name and office of the public official whose recall is sought or opposed in accordance with § 1-1001.17;

(4) A statement whether the political committee is a continuing one; and

(5) The disposition of residual funds which will be made in the event of dissolution.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 311, 59 DCR 1862; Feb. 22, 2014, D.C. Law 20-79, § 2(j), 61 DCR 153.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-79 added “political action committee, and independent expenditure committee” in the introductory language; and deleted “political” preceding “committee” in (2) and (4).

Editor's Notes

Section 7009 of D.C. Law 21-160 repealed § 3 of D.C. Law 20-79. Therefore the changes made to this section by D.C. Law 20-79 have been given effect.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-79: Section 3 of D.C. Law 20-79 provided that the act shall apply upon the latest of: (1) The inclusion of the fiscal effect of the act in an approved budget and financial plan, as certified by the Chief Financial Officer to the Budget Director of the Council in a certification published by the Council in the District of Columbia Register; or (2) January 31, 2015.

A certification dated February 4, 2015, that the fiscal effect of the Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Amendment Act of 2013, D.C. Law 20-79, has been included in an approved budget and financial plan was published in the D.C. Register on March 13, 2015 (62 DCR 2988).


§ 1–1163.12. Registration statement of candidate; depository information.

(a) Each individual shall, within 5 days of becoming a candidate, or within 5 days of the day on which he or she, or any person authorized by him or her to do so, has received a contribution or made an expenditure in connection with his or her campaign or for the purposes of preparing to undertake his or her campaign, file with the Director of Campaign Finance a registration statement in a form prescribed by the Director of Campaign Finance. The registration statement shall indicate whether the individual intends to seek certification as a participating candidate.

(b) In addition, candidates shall provide the Director of Campaign Finance the name and address of the campaign depository or depositories designated by that candidate, together with the title and number of each account and safety deposit box used by that candidate at the depository or depositories, and the identification of each individual authorized to make withdrawals or payments out of the account or box, and other information as shall be required by the Director of Campaign Finance.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 312, 59 DCR 1862; May 5, 2018, D.C. Law 22-94, § 2(b)(4), 65 DCR 2847.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-1163.08 and § 1-1163.14.

Applicability

Section 3 of D.C. Law 22-168 amended section 3 of D.C. Law 22-94, removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the amendment of this section by section 2(b)(4) of D.C. Law 22-94 has been implemented as of November 7, 2018.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-94: § 3 of D.C. Law 22-94 provided that the change made to this section by § 2(b)(4) of D.C. Law 22-94 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 1–1163.13. Additional identifications and certifications.

(a)(1) Every political action committee and every independent expenditure committee shall certify, in each report filed with the Director of Campaign Finance, that the contributions it has received and the expenditures it has made have not been controlled or directed by any public official or candidate, by any political committee, or by any political party.

(2) Every independent expenditure committee shall further certify, in each report filed with the Director of Campaign Finance, that it has made no contributions or transfer of funds to any public official or candidate, any political committee, or any political action committee.

(b)(1) A business contributor to a political committee, political action committee, or independent expenditure committee shall provide the committee with the identities of the contributor's affiliated entities that have also contributed to the committee.

(2) A business contributor shall comply with all requests from the Office of Campaign Finance to provide information about its individual owners, the identity of affiliated entities, the individual owners of affiliated entities, the contributions or expenditures made by such entities, and any other information the deemed relevant to enforcing the provisions of this chapter.

(3) Any person other than a political committee, political action committee, or independent expenditure committee that makes one or more independent expenditures in an aggregate amount of $50 or more within a calendar year, other than by contribution to a committee or candidate, shall, in a report filed with the Director of Campaign Finance, identify the name and address of the person, identify the person's affiliated entities that have also made an independent expenditure, the amount and object of the expenditures, and the names of any candidates, initiatives, referenda, or recalls in support of or opposition to which the expenditures are directed. The report shall be filed on the dates which reports by committees are filed, unless the value of the independent expenditure totals $1000 or more in a 2-week period, in which case the report shall be filed within 14 days of the independent expenditure.

(c) Statements required by this section shall be filed on the dates on which reports by committees are filed, but the content of the filings need not be cumulative.

(d) Every person who files statements with the Director of Campaign Finance has a continuing obligation to provide the Director with correct and up-to-date information.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 313, 59 DCR 1862; Feb. 22, 2014, D.C. Law 20-79, § 2(k), 61 DCR 153.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-79 rewrote this section.

Editor's Notes

Section 7009 of D.C. Law 21-160 repealed § 3 of D.C. Law 20-79. Therefore the changes made to this section by D.C. Law 20-79 have been given effect.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-79: Section 3 of D.C. Law 20-79 provided that the act shall apply upon the latest of: (1) The inclusion of the fiscal effect of the act in an approved budget and financial plan, as certified by the Chief Financial Officer to the Budget Director of the Council in a certification published by the Council in the District of Columbia Register; or (2) January 31, 2015.

A certification dated February 4, 2015, that the fiscal effect of the Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Amendment Act of 2013, D.C. Law 20-79, has been included in an approved budget and financial plan was published in the D.C. Register on March 13, 2015 (62 DCR 2988).


§ 1–1163.14. Exemption for total expenses under $500.

Except for the provisions of § 1-1163.12(a), the provisions of this part shall not apply to any candidate who anticipates spending or spends less than $500 in any one election and who has not designated a principal campaign committee. On the 15th day before the date of the election in which the candidate is entered, and on the 30th day after the date of the election, the candidate shall certify to the Director of Campaign Finance that he or she has not spent more than $500 in the election.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 314, 59 DCR 1862.)


§ 1–1163.15. Identification of campaign literature.

(a) All newspaper or magazine advertising, posters, circulars, billboards, handbills, bumper stickers, sample ballots, initiative, referendum, or recall petitions, and other printed matter with reference to or intended for the support or defeat of a candidate or group of candidates for nomination or election to any public office, or for the support or defeat of any initiative, referendum, or recall measure, shall be identified by the words “paid for by” followed by the name and address of the payer or the committee or other person and its treasurer on whose behalf the material appears.

(b) Each committee and candidate shall include on the face or front page of all literature and advertisement soliciting funds the following notice:

“A copy of our report is filed with the Director of Campaign Finance of the District of Columbia Board of Elections.”.

(c) Any advertisement supporting or opposing a candidate, initiative, referendum, or recall that is disseminated to the public by a political committee, political action committee, or independent expenditure committee or any other person shall disclose, in the advertisement, the identity of the advertisement's sponsor.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 315, 59 DCR 1862; Feb. 22, 2014, D.C. Law 20-79, § 2(l), 61 DCR 153.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-79 added (c).

Editor's Notes

Section 7009 of D.C. Law 21-160 repealed § 3 of D.C. Law 20-79. Therefore the changes made to this section by D.C. Law 20-79 have been given effect.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-79: Section 3 of D.C. Law 20-79 provided that the act shall apply upon the latest of: (1) The inclusion of the fiscal effect of the act in an approved budget and financial plan, as certified by the Chief Financial Officer to the Budget Director of the Council in a certification published by the Council in the District of Columbia Register; or (2) January 31, 2015.

A certification dated February 4, 2015, that the fiscal effect of the Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Amendment Act of 2013, D.C. Law 20-79, has been included in an approved budget and financial plan was published in the D.C. Register on March 13, 2015 (62 DCR 2988).


§ 1–1163.16. Candidate’s liability for financial obligation incurred by a committee.

No provision of this part shall be construed as creating liability on the part of any candidate for any financial obligation incurred by a committee. For the purposes of this part, and subchapter I of Chapter 10 of this title [§ 1-1001.01 et seq.], actions of an agent acting for a candidate shall be imputed to the candidate; provided, that the actions of the agent may not be imputed to the candidate in the presence of a provision of law requiring a willful and knowing violation of this part or subchapter I of Chapter 10 of this title [§ 1-1001.01 et seq.], unless the agency relationship to engage in the act is shown by clear and convincing evidence.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 316, 59 DCR 1862.)


§ 1–1163.17. Specific requirements for reports of receipts and expenditures by political committees.

(a) Each report submitted to the Director of Campaign Finance pursuant to the requirements set forth in § 1-1163.09 shall also disclose the name and address of each political committee or candidate from which the reporting committee or the candidate received, or to which that committee or candidate made, any transfer of funds, together with the amounts and dates of all transfers.

(b) In the case of reports filed by a political committee on behalf of initiative, referendum, or recall measures under this section, the reports shall be filed on the dates as the Elections Board may by rule prescribe, but in no event shall more than 4 separate reports be required during the consideration of a particular initiative, referendum, or recall measure by any political committee or committees collecting signatures, or supporting or opposing the measures.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 317, 59 DCR 1862.)


§ 1–1163.18. Fund balance requirements of exploratory committees.

(a) Any balance in the exploratory committee fund shall be transferred only to an established principal campaign committee, political committee, or charitable organization in accordance with § 47-1803.03(a)(8).

(b) Exploratory committee fund balances shall not be deemed the personal funds of any individual, including the individual seeking elective office.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 318, 59 DCR 1862.)


§ 1–1163.19. Aggregate and individual contribution limits of exploratory committees.

(a) Exploratory committees shall not receive aggregate contributions in excess of:

(1) $200,000 for a Mayoral exploratory committee;

(1A) $150,000 for an Attorney General exploratory committee;

(2) $150,000 for a Chairman of the Council exploratory committee;

(3) $100,000 for an at-large member of the Council exploratory committee;

(4) $50,000 for a Ward Councilmember or President of the State Board of Education exploratory committee; and

(5) $20,000 for a member of the State Board of Education exploratory committee.

(b) No person, including a business contributor, may make contributions in excess of:

(1) $2,000 for a Mayoral exploratory committee;

(1A) $1,500 for an Attorney General exploratory committee;

(2) $1,500 for a Chairman of the Council exploratory committee;

(3) $1,000 for an at-large member of the Council exploratory committee;

(4) $500 for a Ward Councilmember or President of the State Board of Education exploratory committee; and

(5) $200 for a member of the State Board of Education exploratory committee.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 319, 59 DCR 1862; Dec. 13, 2013, D.C. Law 20-60, § 302(c), 60 DCR 15487; Feb. 22, 2014, D.C. Law 20-79, § 2(m), 61 DCR 153.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 20-60 added (a)(1A) and (b)(1A).

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-79 substituted “No person, including a business contributor, may make contributions” for “Exploratory committees shall not receive individual contributions” in (b).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3(c) of the Election Code Conforming Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-143, July 31, 2013, 60 DCR 11799, 20 DCSTAT 1990).

Editor's Notes

Section 7009 of D.C. Law 21-160 repealed § 3 of D.C. Law 20-79. Therefore the changes made to this section by D.C. Law 20-79 have been given effect.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-60: Section 401(b) of 20-60 provided that § 302 of the act shall apply as of December 13, 2013.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-79: Section 3 of D.C. Law 20-79 provided that the act shall apply upon the latest of: (1) The inclusion of the fiscal effect of the act in an approved budget and financial plan, as certified by the Chief Financial Officer to the Budget Director of the Council in a certification published by the Council in the District of Columbia Register; or (2) January 31, 2015.

A certification dated February 4, 2015, that the fiscal effect of the Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Amendment Act of 2013, D.C. Law 20-79, has been included in an approved budget and financial plan was published in the D.C. Register on March 13, 2015 (62 DCR 2988).


§ 1–1163.20. Contributions to exploratory committees.

When an individual decides to run for office and becomes a candidate, contributions received during the exploratory period shall apply to the campaign contribution limits for the candidate as provided under § 1-1163.33.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 320, 59 DCR 1862.)


§ 1–1163.21. Duration of an exploratory committee.

The duration of an exploratory committee shall not exceed 18 months for any one office. Once a candidate’s exploratory committee reaches the maximum duration of 18 months, the candidate shall file a declaration of candidacy and form a principal political campaign committee or terminate the exploratory committee.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 321, 59 DCR 1862.)


§ 1–1163.22. Contributions to inaugural committees.

No person, including a business contributor, may make any contribution to or for an inaugural committee, and the Mayor or Mayor-elect shall not receive any contribution to or for an inaugural committee from any person, that when aggregated with all other contributions to or for the inaugural committee received from such person, exceeds $10,000 in an aggregate amount; provided, that the $10,000 limitation shall not apply to contributions made by the Mayor or Mayor-elect for the purpose of funding his or her own inaugural committee within the District.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 322, 59 DCR 1862; Feb. 22, 2014, D.C. Law 20-79, § 2(n), 61 DCR 153.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-79 rewrote this section.

Editor's Notes

Section 7009 of D.C. Law 21-160 repealed § 3 of D.C. Law 20-79. Therefore the changes made to this section by D.C. Law 20-79 have been given effect.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-79: Section 3 of D.C. Law 20-79 provided that the act shall apply upon the latest of: (1) The inclusion of the fiscal effect of the act in an approved budget and financial plan, as certified by the Chief Financial Officer to the Budget Director of the Council in a certification published by the Council in the District of Columbia Register; or (2) January 31, 2015.

A certification dated February 4, 2015, that the fiscal effect of the Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Amendment Act of 2013, D.C. Law 20-79, has been included in an approved budget and financial plan was published in the D.C. Register on March 13, 2015 (62 DCR 2988).


§ 1–1163.23. Fund balance requirements for inaugural committees.

Any balance in the inaugural committee fund shall be transferred only to a nonprofit organization, within the meaning of section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code , operating in good standing in the District of Columbia for a minimum of one calendar year before the date of any transfer, or to a constituent-service program pursuant to § 1-1163.38.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 323, 59 DCR 1862.)


§ 1–1163.24. Duration of an inaugural committee.

An inaugural committee shall terminate no later than 45 days from the beginning of the term of the new Mayor or Chairman, except that the inaugural committee may continue to accept contributions necessary to retire the debts of the committee.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 324, 59 DCR 1862.)


§ 1–1163.25. Fund balance requirements for transition committees.

Any balance in the transition committee fund shall be transferred only to a nonprofit organization within the meaning of section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code , operating in good standing in the District for a minimum of one calendar year before the date of any transfer, or to a constituent-service program pursuant to § 1-1163.38.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 325, 59 DCR 1862; Feb. 22, 2014, D.C. Law 20-79, § 2(o), 61 DCR 153.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-79 deleted “of Columbia” following “District”.

Editor's Notes

Section 7009 of D.C. Law 21-160 repealed § 3 of D.C. Law 20-79. Therefore the changes made to this section by D.C. Law 20-79 have been given effect.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-79: Section 3 of D.C. Law 20-79 provided that the act shall apply upon the latest of: (1) The inclusion of the fiscal effect of the act in an approved budget and financial plan, as certified by the Chief Financial Officer to the Budget Director of the Council in a certification published by the Council in the District of Columbia Register; or (2) January 31, 2015.

A certification dated February 4, 2015, that the fiscal effect of the Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Amendment Act of 2013, D.C. Law 20-79, has been included in an approved budget and financial plan was published in the D.C. Register on March 13, 2015 (62 DCR 2988).


§ 1–1163.26. Contributions to transition committees.

(a) No person, including a business contributor, may make any contribution to or for a transition committee, and the Mayor or Mayor-elect may not receive any contribution to or for a transition committee from any person, that when aggregated with all other contributions to or for the transition committee received from the person, exceed $2,000 in an aggregate amount; provided, that the $2,000 limitation shall not apply to contributions made by the Mayor or Mayor-elect for the purpose of funding his or her own transition committee within the District.

(b) No person, including a business contributor, may make any contribution to a transition committee, and the Chairman of the Council or Chairman-elect may not receive any contribution to a transition committee from any person, that when aggregated with all other contributions to the transition committee received from the person, exceeds $1,000 in an aggregate amount; provided, that the $1,000 limitation shall not apply to contributions made by the Chairman of the Council or Chairman-elect for the purpose of funding his or her own transition committee within the District.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 326, 59 DCR 1862; Feb. 22, 2014, D.C. Law 20-79, § 2(p), 61 DCR 153.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-79 rewrote this section.

Editor's Notes

Section 7009 of D.C. Law 21-160 repealed § 3 of D.C. Law 20-79. Therefore the changes made to this section by D.C. Law 20-79 have been given effect.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-79: Section 3 of D.C. Law 20-79 provided that the act shall apply upon the latest of: (1) The inclusion of the fiscal effect of the act in an approved budget and financial plan, as certified by the Chief Financial Officer to the Budget Director of the Council in a certification published by the Council in the District of Columbia Register; or (2) January 31, 2015.

A certification dated February 4, 2015, that the fiscal effect of the Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Amendment Act of 2013, D.C. Law 20-79, has been included in an approved budget and financial plan was published in the D.C. Register on March 13, 2015 (62 DCR 2988).


§ 1–1163.27. Duration of a transition committee; restriction on formation.

(a) A transition committee shall terminate no later than 45 days from the beginning of the term of the new Mayor or Chairman, except that the transition committee may continue to accept contributions necessary to retire the debts of the committee.

(b) Notwithstanding this part, no transition committee may be organized if an appropriation pursuant to § 1-204.46 has been approved.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 327, 59 DCR 1862.)