Definition of Terms
“Individual contributor”: a human being, a sole proprietorship, or a professional service corporation organized under chapter 594a and owned by a single human being. A sole proprietorship is a business in which one human being owns all the assets, owes all the liabilities, and operates in his or her personal capacity. Any other type of business is not permitted to make a contribution, including LLCs. See General
Statutes § 9-601 (9).
“Communicator lobbyist”: a lobbyist who communicates directly or solicits others to communicate with an official or his staff in the legislative or executive branch of government or in a quasi-public agency for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action. A lobbyist, in turn, is generally defined as a person who, in lobbying and in furtherance of lobbying, makes or agrees to make expenditures, or receives or agrees to receive compensation, reimbursement, or both, and such compensation, reimbursement or expenditures are $3,000 or more in any calendar year or the combined amount thereof is $3,000 or more in any such calendar year. See General Statutes § 1-91 (12) & (22) (as amended by Public Act 15-15).
“Immediate family”: the spouse or a dependent child of an individual. See General Statutes § 9-601 (24).
“Dependent child”: a child residing in an individual’s household who may legally be claimed as a dependent on the federal income tax return of such individual. See General Statutes § 9-612 (f) (1) (G).
$100 Lobbyist Contribution Limit
Connecticut General Statutes § 9‐610 (g) provides in part that no communicator lobbyist or member of the immediate family of a communicator lobbyist shall make a contribution or contributions to, or for the benefit of an exploratory committee or a candidate committee established by a candidate for nomination or election to the office of state senator or state representative in excess of one hundred dollars.
“Public Official” Exemption
Please Note: The state contractor contribution bans do not apply to a principal of a state contractor or prospective state contractor who is an elected public official. See General Statutes § 9-612 (f) (4). Likewise, the communicator lobbyist contribution limit does not apply to a spouse or dependent child of a communicator lobbyist who is an elected public official. See General Statutes § 9-610 (j).