is an Expenditure?
(DC Official Code § 1-1101.01(7)(A)-(C))
includes a purchase, payment, distribution, loan advance, deposit,
gift of money or anything of value made for the purpose of financing,
directly or indirectly, the election campaign of a candidate or
any operations of a political committee involved in such a campaign;
or any operations of a political committee involved in a campaign
to obtain signatures on any initiative, referendum, or recall petition,
or to bring about the ratification or defeat of any initiative,
referendum, or recall measure; a contract, promise, or agreement,
whether or not legally enforceable, to make an expenditure; and
a transfer of funds between political committees.
does not include incidental expenses incurred by, or on behalf of,
individuals in the course of volunteering their time on behalf of
a candidate or political committee; or the use of real or personal
property and the cost of any food or beverage voluntarily provided
by an individual to a candidate in rendering voluntary personal
services on the individual's residential premises for candidate-related
activities if the cumulative value of the activities does not exceed
$500 with respect to any election.
(DC Official Code §§ 1-1102.01 and 1-1102.03)
There are no
monetary limitations placed on expenditures. No expenditure
may be made by, or on behalf of, a political committee at a
time when there is a vacancy in the office of treasurer, and
no other person has been designated and has agreed to perform
the functions of treasurer. All committees must file a Statement
of Organization designating a treasurer. No expenditure may
be made for, or on behalf of, a political committee without
the authorization of its chairman or treasurer, or their designated
agents. No expenditure may be made by a committee or candidate,
other than petty cash expenditures, except by check drawn payable
to the person to whom the expenditure is being made, and on
an account designated in the required Statement of Organization.
No resources of the
District of Columbia government, including the expenditure of
funds, the personal services of employees during work hours,
and non-personal services, including supplies, materials, equipment,
office space, facilities, telephones and other utilities, may
be used to support or oppose any candidate for elected office.
(DC Official Code §§ 1-1102.01 and 1-1102.06)
must be disclosed and identified on Schedule B of the Report
of Receipts and Expenditures. The report must include the full
name, mailing address, occupation and principal place of business,
if any, of each person to whom expenditures have been made,
either by or on the behalf of the committee or candidate, within
the calendar year, in an aggregate amount or value of $10 or
more. The report must also detail the amount, date, and purpose
of each such expenditure, and the name, address and office sought
by each candidate on whose behalf such expenditure was made;
the total sum of expenditures made by the committee or candidate
during the calendar year; the amount and nature of debts and
obligations owed by or to the committee; and a continuous reporting
of its debts and obligations.
(DC Official Code § 1-1131.01(f))
expenditure” is an expenditure for a communication by
a person expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearly
identified candidate, which is made without cooperation or consultation
with any candidate, or any authorized committee or agent of
Requirements for Independent Expenditures
(DC Official Code § 1-1102.07)
(other than a political committee or candidate) who makes contributions
or expenditures, other than by contribution to a political committee
or candidate, in an aggregate amount of $50.00 or more within
a calendar year must file with the Director Reports of Receipts
and Expenditures on the date on which reports by political committees
are filed, but the report(s) need not be cumulative.
- There are no monetary
limitations placed on expenditures.
- Expenditures may
not be made when there is a vacancy in the Office of Treasurer,
and must be authorized by either the Treasurer or Chairman.
- Independent Expenditures
in the amount of $50.00 or more must be reported.
- No District government
resources may be used to support or oppose any candidate for
elective office including the expenditure of funds, personal
services of employees during work hours, and non-personal
services including supplies, materials, equipment, office
space, facilities, telephones and other utilities.