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Doing Business Overview

As a result of Local Law 34 of 2007, individuals considered to have “business dealings with the city” are subject to lower contribution limits and their contributions are no longer matchable with public funds. The doing business contribution limits are:

Mayor/Public Advocate/Comptroller
$400
Borough President
$320
City Council
$250

These limits apply to both monetary and in-kind contributions and apply to both participants and non-participants.

Individuals considered to have business dealings with the city will be listed in the “Doing Business Database” along with the entities with which the individuals are associated.

“Doing business” contribution regulations apply to entities who have the following categories of dealings with the city of New York:

  • Contracts
  • Franchises
  • Concessions
  • Lobbying
  • Grants
  • Pension fund investment contracts
  • Economic development agreements
  • Proposals to obtain contracts, franchises, and concessions
  • Real property transactions
  • Land use actions

The individuals associated with those entities to whom the doing business regulations apply are the chief executive officer, the chief operating officer, and the chief financial officer, or their equivalents, and any owner who owns more than 10% of the entity, as well as the senior officers who, whether by title or duties, have high level supervisory capacity in which substantial discretion and oversight is exercised in business transactions with the city. The law also applies to lobbyists who are required to register with the City Clerk.

For answers to questions about these new regulations, visit the Frequently Asked Questions About Doing Business Contributions. You can visit the city’s Doing Business Database to see if someone is doing business.