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February 03, 2010

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Office of Campaign Finance engaged in a comprehensive review of its regulations during FY09 and proposed amendments to the regulations of the Office of Campaign Finance which were adopted by the Board of Elections and Ethics on January 11, 2010, at its regularly scheduled Board meeting.  The Notices of Proposed Rulemaking were published in the D.C. Register on January 15, 2010, Volume 57.  The period for public comment expires on February 13, 2010.  The majority of the amendments augments and clarifies the campaign finance procedures and the requirements of financial reports and statements, the registration and reporting requirements of lobbyists, the financial disclosure procedures, the conflict of interest procedures, and the investigative procedures to provide the general public and OCF filers with a better understanding of agency processes, and to correct technical and typographical errors.  The rules also change the contribution and expenditure limits for citizen service programs in view of the recently enacted “Citizen-Service Programs Amendment Act of 2009”.(D.C. Law 18-52; 56 DCR 5491); to authorize an electronic certification process for the verification of electronically filed documents pursuant to the “Campaign Finance Electronic Signature Amendment Act of 2009”, effective October 15, 2009 (D.C. Act 18-207); and establishes fines for the failure to maintain required receipts of financial transactions, and the failure to provide notice of conflicts of interest to the Board and to the Office of Campaign Finance.  

To view the proposed rules, select Public Notices under News Room (in the left corner of this page)  and select the desired chapter.



The District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics hereby gives notice that it will extend the deadline for written public comments regarding its Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, amending Chapter 30, “Campaign Finance Operations”; Chapter 31, “Lobbying”; Chapter 32, “Financial Disclosure”; Chapter 33, “Conflict of Interest and Use of Government Resources for Campaign – Related Purposes”; Chapter 34, “Campaign Finance Recordkeeping”; and Chapter 37, “Investigations and Hearings” (Published at 57 D.C. Reg. 589-640 (January 15, 2010)). 


            In light of the severe winter weather which canceled mail delivery for several days, written comments will still be accepted through the close of business on Friday, February 26, 2010.  Comments should be filed with the Office of the General Counsel, Board of Elections and Ethics, 441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 270N, Washington, D.C. 20001.