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Rule Change Regarding Return of Prohibited Contributions

After consultation with the Citizen Campaign Commission, the City Auditor has amended City Administrative Rules ADM-2.10 and 2.11 related to the return of prohibited contributions by candidates seeking certification to receive public campaign financing. The rule change is effective December 16, 2005.
Previously City Administrative Rules required participating candidates to return prohibited contributions within 5 business days in order to remain eligible for public funding. Per City Code and Administrative Rules, prohibited contributions include qualifying contributions exceeding $5, qualifying contributions from non-residents, seed money contributions exceeding $100 or seed money contributions exceeding the allowed aggregate limit of $20,000 for Mayor candidates and $15,000 for Commissioner and Auditor candidates.
The five day timeline has proved impractical. Under the revised rules, participating candidates must simply return all prohibited contributions prior to filing a Request for Certification pursuant to the procedures in Administrative Rule 2.11.
Please note that we have also amended the accompanying Request to Remain Eligible form (AUD 210-P).