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Campaign Finance Guide
Section 8: Citizen-Service Programs

What are Citizen-Service Programs?
(DC Official Code § 1-1104.03)

A “citizen-service program” is any activity or program, established by the Mayor, the Chairman of the Council and each member of the Council, or any Representative or Senator of the District of Columbia for the purpose of providing services to the residents of the District of Columbia. A citizen-service program may not be used at any time for political purposes.

Registration Requirements

Each elected official authorized by DC Official Code Section 1-1104.03 to establish a citizen-service program must file a Statement of Organization with the Director within ten (10) days after establishing the program.

Reporting Requirements
(DC Official Code § 1-1104.03(a))

Citizen-service programs must file Reports of Receipts and Expenditures quarterly on the first day of January, April, July and October of each year.

Contribution Limits
(DC Official Code §§ 1-1104.03(a) and 1-135)

No person may contribute more than $500.00 in cash, or more than $1,000.00 in personal property to a citizen-service program in any one calendar year. A citizen-service program may accept an aggregate total of $40,000.00 in contributions, and may expend a maximum of $40,000.00 in any one (1) calendar year for such programs. Contributions by the Mayor, Chairman of the Council, members of the Council, and the Representative or Senator of the District of Columbia to their own citizen-service program are not limited.

Things to Remember

  • Citizen-service programs may be established by the Mayor, the Chairman of the Council, each member of the Council, and the Representative or Senator of the District of Columbia for the purpose of providing services to the citizens of the District of Columbia.
  • There are monetary limitations on amounts of contributions received and expenditures made by citizen-service programs in any one (1) calendar year.
  • Citizen-service programs must file quarterly Reports of Receipts and Expenditures each year.
  • A transfer-in of surplus campaign funds to a citizen-service program is permissible, and may occur in more than one (1) transaction.