Political Contributions (Pay to Play)

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"Pay to play" generally refers to the practice of making payments in return for business or other benefits. The term is particularly used to refer to political contributions (which need not be cash payments) that are made with the hope of gaining business from governmental entities. This page is focused on the prohibitions adopted under the securities laws and the Commodity Exchange Act against such improper political contributions. Broadly speaking, the pay-to-play rules are another form of anti-bribery rules. See also the topic pages on Sales Contests and Non-Cash Compensation, on Reciprocal Dealings or Shelf Space and on Gifts and Entertainment.

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