Rod Woodson, Senior Partner, Holland & Knight and DCBIA Board member, testified before the Committee of the Whole chaired by Chairman of the Council Phil Mendelson last week on "Government Contractor Pay-to-Play Prevention Amendment Act of 2017."
As introduced, the bill would prohibit any person or business from entering into a contract for $100,000 or more with the District if that person or business contributed to any District elected official, candidate, affiliated political committee, political action committee or constituent-service program. This prohibition would last until one year following the next election cycle or the date the contribution was made.
DCBIA's testimony centered on ensuring the Council utilizes a proper legislative process for this bill as it has not only ethical implications but also practical procurement concerns. Mr. Woodson also recommended eliminating Political Action Committees from the list of "covered recipients," in the testimony as PACs are not associated with the identity of an elected official.
Read the full testimony.