FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION
Supporting Federal Candidates: A Guide For Citizens
Legal and Accounting Services
Businesses, including corporations, may support candidates in yet another way. If the business employs individuals who perform legal or accounting services, the business may provide unlimited free services to a political committee as long as certain qualifications are met:
Of course, an individual may personally volunteer legal or accounting services (uncompensated) to a committee; the above restrictions would not apply.
- First, the firm may provide services to a candidate committee or PAC only for the purpose of helping the committee comply with the Federal campaign finance law.
- Second, services on behalf of a party committee may be provided for any purpose that does not directly further the election of a Federal candidate.
- Third, the firm must use its own regular employees (not outside consultants) to perform the service. The business may not hire additional personnel to free regular employees to provide the service.
- Fourth, the recipient committee must report the value of the service (the amount paid by the employer).
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