Pennsylvania Statutes Title 25 P.S. Elections & Electoral Districts § 3253. Contributions or expenditures by national banks, corporations or unincorporated associations

(a) It is unlawful for any National or State bank, or any corporation, incorporated under the laws of this or any other state or any foreign country or any unincorporated association, except those corporations formed primarily for political purposes or as a political committee, to make a contribution or expenditure in connection with the election of any candidate or for any political purpose whatever except in connection with any question to be voted on by the electors of this Commonwealth.  Furthermore, it shall be unlawful for any candidate, political committee, or other person to knowingly accept or receive any contribution prohibited by this section, or for any officer or any director of any corporation, bank, or any unincorporated association to consent to any contribution or expenditure by the corporation, bank or unincorporated association, as the case may be, prohibited by this section.

(b) No provision of the laws of this Commonwealth shall be deemed to prohibit a loan of money by a National or State bank made in accordance with the applicable banking laws and regulations in the ordinary course of business;  however, any such loans shall be included in the reports filed by the candidates and political committees.  No provision of the laws of this Commonwealth shall be deemed to prohibit the receipt of interest or dividends on investments where the interest or dividends are received in accordance with the applicable banking laws and in the ordinary course of business.  Any such interest and dividends shall be included in the financial records maintained by the candidate and political committees and reported where appropriate under the filing requirements of this act.

(c) No provision of the laws of this Commonwealth shall be deemed to prohibit direct private communications by a corporation to its stockholders and their families or by an unincorporated association to its members and their families on any subject;  nonpartisan registration and get-out-vote campaigns by a corporation aimed at its stockholders and their families or by an unincorporated association aimed at its members and their families;  and the establishment, and administration by a corporation or an unincorporated association of a separate segregated fund which fund is to be created by voluntary individual contributions, including those solicited by the corporation or unincorporated association and to be utilized for political purposes, provided that any such separate segregated fund shall be deemed to be a political committee for purposes of this article.

(d) No contribution from a partnership, limited partnership or limited liability company may be made from funds of any partner, limited partner or member that is a corporation.  A limited liability company that makes a contribution shall affirm to the recipient candidate or committee that the limited liability company is treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes and that the contribution from the limited liability company does not contain corporate funds.


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