NOTICE TO ALL BIDDERS, VENDORS, CONSULTANTS, AND CONTRACTORS REGARDING CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS:
Campaign Contributions Ordinance
Salt Lake County campaign contributions ordinance limits a "contractor" from making campaign contributions to county candidates. For purposes of the campaign finance disclosure ordinance, a "contractor" is defined as "any person, business, corporation, or other entity that executes a written agreement with the County for the acquisition or management of goods, services, or property, or the disposal of surplus goods, whether personal, real, or intangible, including all amendments, extensions, or addenda to the existing contract."
Limitation on Contributions by Contractors
Any person, business, corporation or other entity that is a contractor with the County is prohibited from making a total of contributions that exceed $100.00 to any candidate for county office during the term of the contract and during a single election cycle as defined in the ordinance.
For purposes of the ordinance, a person or entity shall be considered a contractor and doing business with the County if it is engaged in any contract with the County on the date of the contribution or it has contracted with the County at any time during a one-year period prior to the date of the contribution. Any person, business, corporation or other entity making contributions of $100.00 or more to any county candidate shall be prohibited from entering into a contract for at least one year after the date the contribution was made.
This limitation on campaign contributions applies only to contracts in excess of $10,000 and does not apply to contracts entered into by the County pursuant to existing statewide contracts, small cost purchases, and expedited contracts when the County Council waives the requirements of the campaign finance disclosure ordinance as to that particular expedited contract.
- If a contribution or contributions are received from a "contractor" and without a candidate's knowledge of a violation of the County's campaign finance disclosure ordinance, the candidate may return the contribution without penalty if the contribution is returned within ten (10) days after the candidate knows of the violation, by way of notification from the County Clerk.
- If any contribution is made in violation of the prohibition on contributions by contractors, any existing county contract with the contractor may be voided, at the discretion of the county mayor or council. Any contractor who knowingly makes a contribution or contributions in violation of this provision shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
- If any contribution is made in violation of the prohibition on contributions by contractors, the official to whom that contribution is made must return the contribution. Any elected official who knowingly takes a contribution or contributions in violation of the campaign finance disclosure ordinance and does not return the contribution will be guilty of a class B misdemeanor.