Some information presented in this publication has been modified by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA). An updated version of this publication will be available once the Commission completes its BCRA rulemakings. In the interim, please visit the FECs BCRA page for additional information.
Supporting Federal Candidates: A Guide For Citizens
You may wish to support a prospective candidate who is "testing the waters" - exploring the feasibility of becoming a candidate. Your total donations are limited to $1,000, just as if they were given to an actual candidate. If the individual who is testing the waters later becomes a candidate, the candidate's committee will report your donations as contributions.
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