§ 20-1002.  Contribution Limitations. 68
   (1)   Except as otherwise provided in this Section 20-1002, no individual shall make total contributions per calendar year, including contributions made to or through one or more political committees or persons, of more than three thousand dollars ($3,000), cumulatively, to (a) a candidate for City elective office, or (b) to the candidate committee of a former candidate for City elective office if that committee is carrying debt incurred to influence the outcome of a covered election. 69
   (2)   Except as otherwise provided in this Section 20-1002, no person, other than individuals who are covered under subsection 20-1002(1), and no political committee shall make total contributions per calendar year, including contributions made to or through one or more political committees or persons, of more than twelve thousand dollars ($12,000), cumulatively, to (a) a candidate for City elective office, or (b) to the candidate committee of a former candidate for City elective office if that committee is carrying debt incurred to influence the outcome of a covered election. 70
   (3)   No candidate or candidate political committee may spend any excess pre-candidacy contributions for the purpose of influencing the outcome of a covered election in which he or she is a candidate.
   (4)   No candidate or candidate political committee may spend any excess pre-candidacy contributions for the purposes of:
      (a)   transition or inauguration expenses; or
      (b)   retiring debt that was incurred to (i) influence the outcome of an already completed covered election; or (ii) cover transition or inauguration expenses related to an already completed covered election.
   (5)   A pre-candidacy contribution made in the same calendar year that a person becomes a candidate shall count toward the limitations on contributions set forth in subsections (1) and (2).
   (6)   The limitations imposed by subsections 20-1002(1) and (2) shall not apply to contributions from a candidate's personal resources to the candidate's candidate political committee. However, if such contributions total two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) or more (regardless of the time period over which such contributions are made), then the contribution limits set forth in subsections 20-1002(1) and (2) above shall double with respect to candidates for that City elective office. The contribution limits set forth in subsections 20-1002(7) and (8) below shall not double based on such a contribution of personal resources.
   (7)   Notwithstanding the limits set forth in subsections 20-1002(1) and (2), if a candidate establishes a Litigation Fund Committee pursuant to Section 20-1009:
      (a)   an individual may make contributions to that committee of up to, but not in excess of, three thousand dollars ($3,000) per calendar year, including contributions made through one or more political committees or persons; and
      (b)   a person other than an individual may make contributions to that committee of up to, but not in excess of, twelve thousand dollars ($12,000) per calendar year, including contributions made through one or more political committees or persons.
   (8)   Notwithstanding the limits set forth in subsections 20-1002(1) and (2), if a candidate or former candidate establishes a Transition and Inauguration Committee pursuant to Section 20-1011:
      (a)   an individual may make contributions to that committee of up to, but not in excess of, three thousand dollars ($3,000) per calendar year, including contributions made through one or more political committees or persons; and
      (b)   a person other than an individual may make contributions to that committee of up to, but not in excess of, twelve thousand dollars ($12,000) per calendar year, including contributions made through one or more political committees or persons.
   (9)   The limitations imposed by subsections 20-1002(7) and (8) shall not apply to contributions from a candidate's personal resources or from a candidate's candidate political committee. A candidate or former candidate shall not transfer funds to his or her candidate political committee from a Litigation Fund Committee or a Transition and Inauguration Committee.
   (10)   The limitations imposed by this subsection shall not apply to volunteer labor.
   (11)   On January 1, 2020 and on January 1 every four years thereafter, the maximum amounts set forth in this Section 20-1002 shall be adjusted, as follows. On the December 15 immediately preceding the adjustment, the Finance Director shall calculate the "CPI Multiplier" by dividing the average consumer price index for Philadelphia during the then-current calendar year by the average consumer price index for Philadelphia during calendar year 2016. To determine the average consumer price index for Philadelphia, the Finance Director shall use the latest available figures for the Consumer Price Index for all urban Consumers (CPI-U) All Items Index, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as measured by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. After calculating the CPI Multiplier, the Finance Director shall calculate the new maximum amounts as follows:
      (a)   The maximum amounts for purposes of subsections 20-1002(1), (7)(a), and (8)(a) shall equal three thousand dollars ($3,000), multiplied by the CPI Multiplier, rounded to the nearest one hundred dollars ($100).
      (b)   The maximum amounts for purposes of subsections 20-1002(2), (7)(b), and (8)(b) shall equal twelve thousand dollars ($12,000), multiplied by the CPI Multiplier, rounded to the nearest one hundred dollars ($100).
   The Finance Director shall certify the new maximum amounts in writing to the Mayor, the City Council President, the Chief Clerk of Council, and the Board of Ethics.
   (12)   No candidate, former candidate, candidate's candidate political committee, former candidate's candidate political committee, Litigation Fund Committee or Transition and Inauguration Committee shall accept any contribution which exceeds the contribution limits set forth in this Chapter.
   (13)   If a candidate makes an expenditure to a political committee in order to have his or her name placed on a sample ballot distributed by that political committee, any expenditures made by the political committee for printing or distribution of the sample ballot on which the candidate appears shall not be counted as a contribution to the candidate for the purpose of calculating the contribution limits set forth in this Section. 71
   (14)   If a person or political committee makes an expenditure to a political committee in order that a candidate's name be placed on a sample ballot, the amount of the expenditure from that person or political committee shall be counted as a contribution to the candidate for the purpose of calculating the contribution limits set forth in this Section. Any additional expenditures made by the political committee distributing the sample ballot to print or distribute the sample ballot shall not be counted as a contribution to the candidate. If the expenditure by the person or political committee is an independent expenditure, as defined by the Pennsylvania Election Code, it is not a contribution to the candidate. 72
   (15)   A vendor may make expenditures on behalf of a campaign, and such expenditures shall not count against the vendor's contribution limits and shall not constitute a prohibited expenditure of the campaign, so long as the expenditures are for an expense that is incidental to the contractual provision of services by the vendor to the campaign, consistent with standard business practice; and the campaign promptly reimburses the vendor for the expenditure.

 

Notes

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   Amended, Bill No. 050301-A (approved June 9, 2005). See note 64 for effective date provisions. Caption and Section amended, Bill No. 060629 (approved November 16, 2006); amended, Bill No. 100122 (approved June 16, 2010); amended, Bill No. 100360 (approved October 12, 2010), effective July 1, 2010; amended, Bill No. 190083-A (approved May 1, 2019).
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   Pursuant to subsection 20-1002(11)(a), the Director of Finance on December 12, 2007, certified a new contribution limit of two thousand six hundred dollars ($2,600), effective January 1, 2008; and on December 30, 2011, and January 10, 2012, certified a new contribution limit of two thousand nine hundred dollars ($2,900), effective January 1, 2012; and on January 11, 2016, certified a new contribution limit of three thousand dollars ($3,000), effective January 1, 2016.
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   Amended, Bill No. 110073 (approved April 14, 2011). Pursuant to subsection 20-1002(11)(b), the Director of Finance on December 12, 2007, certified a new contribution limit of ten thousand six hundred dollars ($10,600), effective January 1, 2008; and on December 30, 2011, and January 10, 2012, certified a new contribution limit of eleven thousand five hundred dollars ($11,500), effective January 1, 2012; and on January 11, 2016, certified a new contribution limit of eleven thousand nine hundred dollars ($11,900), effective January 1, 2016. The contribution limit was increased to twelve thousand dollars ($12,000) by Bill No. 190083-A (approved May 1, 2019).
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   Added, Bill No. 100126 (became law June 17, 2010).
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   Added, Bill No. 100126 (became law June 17, 2010).