FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION
Supporting Federal Candidates: A Guide For Citizens
Donated Items as Services
The donation of office machines, furniture, supplies - anything of value - is an in-kind contribution. The value of the donated item (the usual and normal charge) counts against the contribution limits. A donation of paid services is also considered an in-kind contribution. For example, if you pay a consultant's fee or a printing bill for services provided to a campaign, you have made an in-kind contribution in the amount of the payment.
If you sell an item or service and ask the committee to pay less than the usual and normal charge, you have also made an in-kind contribution to the committee in the amount of the discount.
Under limited exceptions in the law, you may provide certain goods and services without making a contribution to the committee. These exceptions are discussed under Volunteering, Travel Expenses and Business Services.
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