A “doing business” contributor is a lobbyist, principal owner, principal officer, or senior manager of an entity or firm that presently does business with the City, or within the past 12 months, has done business with the City or has bid or applied for business with the City. Organizations that are “doing business” with the city generally fit one of the following descriptions:
Are registered NYC lobbyists.
Have one or more contracts, concessions, franchises, or grants that total over $100,000 ($500,000 for construction contracts). This excludes emergency contracts and those awarded by competitive sealed bidding.
Answer a bid or proposal request for a contract, concession, franchise, or grant as described above.
Enter into or hold an agreement for economic development, including payments in lieu of taxes, City tax incentives, or City financing.
Hold contracts or proposals for investment of pension funds or related services.
Are a party to the sale, purchase, or lease of real property with or by the City, except by public auction.
Make an application subject to Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) or an application for zoning change or special permit.
Contributors are not considered to be doing business with the City simply because they pay or receive a rebate on City taxes, work for the City, are in a City pension plan, hire a lobbyist, apply for permits for a 1, 2, or 3 family home, drive a City taxi, or apply for street activity permits or other kinds of individual activities with the City.
Contributions from or intermediated by persons doing business with the City will not be matched with public funds.
For more details or to verify whether you are listed on the Doing Business database, see