Moratorium on Contributions

   
December 8, 2012
Last day to accept political contributions before the 2013 legislative session.
       June 17, 2013
First day to accept political contributions after the 2013 legislative session.

The 2013 legislative session convenes on January 8, 2013. Please note that December 8, 2012, is the last day on which certain legislators, certain statewide officers, and certain political committees may accept contributions. The moratorium on accepting contributions begins December 9, 2012, and continues through June 16, 2013.

Who is Subject to the Moratorium

The following are subject to the moratorium:

However, a statewide officeholder or member of the legislature who was defeated at the November 6, 2012, general election is not subject to the moratorium, nor is a specific-purpose political committee that supports or assists only such an officeholder or member.

Contributions That Are Not Subject to the Moratorium

The moratorium DOES NOT apply to a political contribution that was made and accepted with the intent that it be used:

  1. in an election held or ordered during the period beginning December 9, 2012, and continuing through June 16, 2013, in which the person accepting the contribution is a candidate if the contribution was made after the person appointed a campaign treasurer with the appropriate authority and before the person was sworn in for that office; or

  2. to defray expenses incurred in connection with an election contest.

Texas Ethics Advisory Opinions Regarding the Moratorium

Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 448

Whether a particular lawsuit is an “election contest” for purposes of the provision in the Election Code that allows a member of the legislature to accept political contributions during the moratorium period provided for in section 253.034 of the Election Code.

Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 411

Whether a political committee may issue checks to members of the legislature to replace checks that were given to members before the beginning of the moratorium.

Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 357

Whether a legislative caucus may continue to receive contributions of personal services during the moratorium period if the agreement to provide the services was entered into before the moratorium period.

Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 354

Whether a member of the House of Representatives may rely on the exception set out in section 253.034(c) of the Election Code if the member intends to run for the Senate in a special election that has not yet been ordered but which will almost certainly be ordered and held during the 1997 Legislative Session.

Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 351

Whether incumbent justices re-elected to the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals and justices newly elected to those courts in November 1996 may accept political contributions during the period beginning on December 15, 1996, and ending on March 5, 1997.

Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 346

Whether a statewide officeholder may accept an invitation to attend a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization during the moratorium on political contributions.

Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 253

Whether section 253.034 of the Election Code, which places a moratorium on certain political contributions before and during the regular legislative session, applies to a state district judge.

Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 239

Whether a legislator-elect may accept a donation of office space for use as a district office if the use will continue during the period covered by the moratorium on political contributions set out in section 253.034, Election Code.

Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 234

Whether Section 253.034, Election Code, which places a moratorium on certain political contributions before and during the regular legislative session, applies to a member of the State Board of Education.

Last Revision: December 7, 2012

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