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City of Philadelphia
Board of Ethics
One Parkway Building
1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1504

Phone: (215) 686-9450
Fax: (215) 686-9453
Ethics Board Announces Settlement Agreement with Deborah Watson-Stokes
Apr 30, 2015
ADVISORY ALERT - Attribution of Contributions by Check
Apr 27, 2015
The Board of Ethics has issued an Advisory Alert reminding all candidates for City elective office how contributions made by individuals by check are attributed for the purposes of the contribution limits imposed by Philadelphia's Campaign Finance Law.

Ethics Board Announces Settlement Agreement with the Williams for Mayor campaign.
Mar 19, 2015
Guide to City of Philadelphia's Campaign Finance Law
Mar 12, 2015
ATTORNEY POSITION OPENING - Seeking Associate General Counsel
Feb 25, 2015
Next Board Meeting - March 18, 2015
Feb 25, 2015
The monthly Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at 1515 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.  The meeting is open to the public.


ADVISORY ALERT - Doubling of Campaign Contribution Limits for Philadelphia's 2nd District City Council Election
Jan 06, 2015
PLIS is Temporarily Unavailable
Jan 05, 2015
PLIS is temporarily unavailable as we fix a problem with the system.  We will advise you when the system is restored.  We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.
ADVISORY ALERT - Campaign Finance (Coordinated Expenditures)
Dec 18, 2014
The Board has issued an advisory alert clarifying the Coordinated Expenditures provision in Board Regulation No. 1.
Ethics Board Announces Settlement Agreement with David Krain
Dec 03, 2014
October 31, 2014 - Amendment to Board of Ethics Regulation No. 1 (Campaign Finance) becomes effective
Nov 05, 2014
An amendment to Board of Ethics Regulation No. 1 (Campaign Finance) became effective October 31, 2014.  The Regulation was amended to provide greater detail on several aspects of the City's campaign finance law.  A summary of the most notable changes by the amendment is also provided. 

Brennan Center for Justice report finds Philadelphia Board of Ethics at the forefront of campaign finance regulation
Oct 17, 2014
In a recent report entitled "After Citizen’s United: The Story In The States,” the Brennan Center for Justice identified Philadelphia as one of the jurisdictions at the leading edge of campaign finance regulation with its new coordinated expenditure and republication rules.
Introduction to Lobbying Data
Sep 29, 2014
With the release by the Board of Ethics of the Philadelphia Lobbying Information System in January 2014, the public can easily access the data disclosed by principals, lobbyists, and lobbying firms of their interactions with City officials and employees.  

The Board of Ethics will be hosting the following two events to discuss lobbying in Philadelphia:

General Overview:  A meeting to give a general overview of the lobbying information data for the public.
October 9th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Board of Ethics Office – 18th Floor
One Parkway Building
1515 Arch St., Philadelphia PA, 19102

Open Data:  An event to more deeply explore strategies on how to search for and analyze data from the system. 
October 9th, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Innovation Lab – 16th Floor
Municipal Services Building
1401 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia PA, 19102

If you’re interested in learning about lobbying in the City, then plan to attend one of our two events! To look at the current data go to and click on “Search” to begin.

If you would like further information, please contact us at (215) 686-9450.

Board of Ethics Resolution in Response to Third Circuit Ruling in Lodge No. 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police v. City of Philadelphia
Sep 18, 2014
August 18, 2014 - Amended Regulation 2: Investigations and Enforcement Proceedings is now effective.
Aug 18, 2014
Draft Amendments to Regulation No. 1 (Campaign Finance)
Jul 07, 2014
At its July 16, 2014 public meeting, the Board of Ethics approved for public comment proposed amendments to Regulation No. 1 (Campaign Finance). The Board has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed amendments for Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. The hearing will be held at One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor.

You may also submit written testimony prior to the September 17 hearing by email to
June 5, 2014 - Ethics Board Announces Settlement Agreement with City Commissioner Stephanie Singer
Jun 05, 2014
May 28, 2014 - Ethics Board approves publication for public comment of proposed amendments to Regulation No. 2 (Investigations and Enforcement Proceedings)
May 28, 2014
The Board has not scheduled a hearing on the proposed amendment, but a member of the public may request a hearing by sending a request before June 27, 2014 to Lillie Lawrence in the Records Department (

Proposed Amendments to Regulation 2
Board Approves Resolution Regarding Confidentiality of Administrative Adjudications
May 06, 2014
Resolution (Adopted January 15, 2014)
** Lobbying Expense Reports Update **
Apr 25, 2014
The Board of Ethics has issued an Advisory Alert to announce that the Expense Report function of the Philadelphia Lobbying Information System (PLIS), the online electronic filing system, will become available at noon on Monday, April 28, 2014, for filing 2014 First Quarter Lobbying Expense Reports.

The Alert further announces that Expense Reports for the first quarter of calendar year 2014 will be due on or before May 28, 2014.

Board of Ethics staff will be available to assist filers with the online Expense Report process. Call the Board at 215-686-9450 for call-in assistance or to make an appointment for in-person help.

Please note that all Expense Reports for the first quarter of calendar year 2014 must be filed electronically, and no paper Expense Reports will be accepted.