Tag Archives: Rhode Island

Survey of the Pay-to-Play Laws of the United States

Companies doing business with state and local governments or operating in regulated industries are subject to a dizzying array of “pay-to-play” rules.  These rules effectively prohibit company executives and employees (and in some cases, their family members) from making certain personal political contributions.  Even inadvertent violations can be dangerous:  a single political contribution can, for example, … Continue Reading

Tough Pay-To-Play Bill Under Consideration in Rhode Island

Rhode Island — currently a “disclosure only” pay-to-play state — is considering adding a political contributions ban to its pay-to-play repertoire.  In February, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin proposed legislation to prohibit state vendors, their ten-percent owners, their executive officers, and the spouses and minor children of those officers and owners from making political … Continue Reading

Rhode Island Revises Its Campaign Finance Laws to Require Additional Disclosure of Independent Expenditures

Rhode Island recently joined the growing list of states that have updated their campaign finance laws to reflect the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United.  Important revisions to the state’s statute took effect at the end of June 2012.  The new law requires that independent expenditure ads or electioneering communications aired … Continue Reading