Code of the District of Columbia

§ 1–1163.15. Identification of political advertising.

(a)(1) A candidate, political committee, or political action committee shall identify its political advertising by the words "paid for by", followed by the name and address of the candidate or committee and the name of the committee's treasurer, as applicable.

(2) An independent expenditure committee or person making an independent expenditure shall identify its political advertising by the words "paid for by", followed by the name and address of the independent expenditure committee and the name of the committee's treasurer, or the name and address of the person making the independent expenditure. The political advertising shall also include a written or oral statement of the words "Top Five Contributors", followed by a list of the 5 largest contributors over the amount of $5,000, whose contributions were made for the purpose of making an independent expenditure, to the independent expenditure committee or person making the independent expenditure, if applicable, during the 12-month period before the date of the political advertising.

(b) A political committee, political action committee, independent expenditure committee, or person making an independent expenditure shall include a statement on the face or front page, if printed, or an oral statement, if audiovisual, of all political advertising soliciting contributions the following notice: "A copy of our report is filed with the Director of Campaign Finance."

(c) The identifications required by this section need not be included on items the size of which makes the inclusion of such identifications impractical.

(d) For the purposes of this section, the term "political advertising" includes newspaper and magazine advertising; posters; circulars and mailers; billboards; handbills; bumper stickers; sample ballots; initiative, referendum, or recall petitions; radio or television advertisements; paid telephone calls and text messaging; digital media advertisements; and other printed and digital materials produced by the persons in this subsection and intended to support or oppose:

(1) A candidate or group of candidates; or

(2) Any initiative, referendum, or recall measure.


(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 315, 59 DCR 1862; Feb. 22, 2014, D.C. Law 20-79, § 2(l), 61 DCR 153; Mar. 13, 2019, D.C. Law 22-250, § 6(t), 66 DCR 985; Sept. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 23-16, § 1042(f), 66 DCR 8621.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-79 added (c).

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-250: § 10 of D.C. Law 22-250 provided that the change made to this section by § 6(t) of D.C. Law 22-250 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Section 7009 of D.C. Law 21-160 repealed § 3 of D.C. Law 20-79. Therefore the changes made to this section by D.C. Law 20-79 have been given effect.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1042(f) of Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-112, Sept. 4, 2019, 66 DCR 11964).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1042(f) of Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-91, July 22, 2019, 66 DCR 8497).