Individuals and businesses whose principals, executives, directors, and partners contribute more than $2,600 (if an individual) or more than $10,600 (if a business) to an incumbent or winning candidate for City office are ineligible under City law for most non-competitively bid City contracts, subcontracts, or financial assistance. The law attributes political contributions solicited by a person or by an officer, director, controlling shareholder or partner of a business or affiliate to be a contribution of that person or business.
The disclosure requirements continue throughout the course of non-competitively bid contracts and for one year afterwards. Contractors must update their disclosures within five days of any reportable contribution during this period.
Moreover, State law prohibits the award of contracts with the City’s Board of Pensions and Retirement or the Sinking Fund Commission to an applicant or affiliated entity who has contributed any amount to an incumbent or candidate for City office within the last two years (applies to contributions made since December 17, 2009).
Please visit https://secure.phila.gov/eContract/ for further information about these eligibility and continuing disclosure requirements.
IntegrityWorks offers guidance for commonly-occurring situations. These are not the only situations in which ethics rules would apply; they are simply the most common ones. Other guidance may be added to this site as situations warrant.
These are general guidelines. Because each situation presents its own set of facts, this general guidance isn’t advice on which you can legally rely. If you want to be absolutely sure that your conduct complies with applicable ethics laws, you should seek advice before taking action.