• February 15 Deadline for Political Contribution Reports by Pennsylvania Businesses Awarded Non-Bid Contracts
  • February 2, 2006 | Author: Robert G. Fryling
  • Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP - Philadelphia Office
  • If you were awarded a non-bid contract by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or by any of its political subdivisions such as counties, cities, townships or boroughs, a Pennsylvania statute 25 P.S. § 3260a, requires you to file with the Secretary of State by February 15, 2006, a report listing Pennsylvania-related political contributions that were made by your officers, directors, partners and (to the extent known by the management) contributions made by employees (if their contributions aggregated over $1,000).

    The full text of § 3260a provides:

    § 3260a. Reports by business entities; publication by Secretary of the Commonwealth. Any business entity including but not limited to a corporation, company, association, partnership or sole proprietorship, which has been awarded non-bid contracts from the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions during the preceding calendar year, shall report by February 15 of each year to the Secretary of the Commonwealth an itemized list of all political contributions known to the business entity by virtue of the knowledge possessed by every officer, director, associate, partner, limited partner or individual owner that has been made by: (1) any officer, director, associate, partner, limited partner, individual owner or members of their immediate family when the contributions exceed an aggregate of one thousand dollars ($1,000) by any individual during the preceding year; or (2) any employee or members of his immediate family whose political contribution exceeded one thousand dollars ($1,000) during the preceding year.

    For the purpose of this subsection, "immediate family" means a person's spouse and any emancipated child.

    It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Commonwealth to publish sixty (60) days after February 15 of each year a complete itemized list of all contributions given under the provisions of subsection (a). This list shall be a matter of public inspection and copies made available at cost to any individual who requests them.