AO 2013-09 – PAC Must Meet Three Criteria for Multicandidate Status
A political committee may not make contributions to a candidate in excess of $2,600 per election until it meets all three criteria for multicandidate status.
SOS contributed $2,600 to the campaign of Col. Robert Maness — a 2014 candidate for the U.S. Senate from Louisiana. The committee wants to contribute an additional $2,400 to the campaign, and the campaign would like to accept the additional contribution.
The Act defines a multicandidate committee as a political committee that has:
SOS has been registered with the Commission as a political committee for more than six months and has received contributions from more than 50 persons, but it has made contributions to only three federal candidates. Nevertheless, SOS believes it should be given multicandidate status, because it has found only three candidates who fit the group’s mission.
Based on the statute and regulations, the Commission concluded that the committee must meet all three criteria for multicandidate status. As a result, SOS is subject to the contribution limits of section 441a(a)(1)(A), and may not make contributions to any candidate with respect to any election which, in the aggregate, exceed $2,600. Moreover, candidates such as Col. Robert Maness, may not knowingly accept contributions from SOS that exceed $2,600 per election.
Date Issued: August 22, 2012; Length: 4 pages.
(Posted 08/30/13; By: Alex Knott)
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