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"Overview of State Pay-to-Play Statutes"

05.05.2010

In response to public pressure for the regulation of political contributions by government contractors—commonly referred to as “pay-to-play”—many jurisdictions have enacted laws, promulgated regulations, or issued executive orders to maintain contracting process integrity and prevent a de facto regime where political contributions are believed to be a necessity in order to obtain government contracts. This summary provides quick overviews of some of the statutes that the various states have enacted that impose restrictions or special reporting requirements on political contributions by government contractors. Each summary discusses the scope of the pay-to-play laws, including which contracts and contractors are covered, and the potential sanctions for violations.