Employees & Officials

For Elected Officials: Campaign Finance

Elected City officials don’t bear just the ethics responsibilities that apply to all City officials and employees found in the “For Employees” section of IntegrityWorks. They’re also responsible for the operation of their political campaigns and for complying with campaign finance law.

The Philadelphia campaign finance law is contained in Chapter 20-1000 of the Philadelphia Code. The law applies to candidates for Mayor, City Council, District Attorney, Sheriff, City Commissioners, City Controller, Clerk of Quarter Sessions, and Register of Wills. The law:

  • places limits on political contributions to candidates for City elective offices;
  • requires public disclosure by candidates and political committees of campaign finance information; and
  • authorizes the City’s Ethics Board to provide guidance on and enforce the law.

The City’s Board of Ethics regularly conducts campaign finance training for candidates to City elective offices and their campaign staffs. The Board’s website also contains the text of the campaign finance law, a “Plain English Explanation of Philadelphia Campaign Finance Law,” FAQs about campaign donation limits, and other materials.

City elected officials must know and follow these campaign finance rules, as well as the other State and City ethics rules that cover all City employees. Contact the Ethics Board with any campaign finance questions, or for ethics or campaign finance training.

How Do I Handle...

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.