MSRB Files Rule Change with SEC

As we highlighted in our November 11, 2009 blog post, in June the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) announced plans to file a rule change with the SEC to revise Rule G-37. The MSRB created Rule G-37 in 1994 to prevent municipal securities dealers from being awarded business based on political contributions. The rule prohibits dealers from engaging in municipal securities business with issuers for two years if they make certain contributions to the political campaigns of officials of such issuers. The proposed revision to Rule G-37 would require municipal securities dealers, their muni professionals, and political action committees to disclose the political contributions they make to bond ballot election campaigns. On December 4, 2009, the MSRB filed with the SEC amendments to Rule G-37 and Rule G-8. Rule G-8 pertains to books and records to be made by brokers, dealers, and municipal securities dealers. Below please find a link to the text of the proposed rule changes. The SEC must approve the rules before they would become effective.

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