AO 2014-10: Commission Approves Use of Campaign Funds to Purchase Book
A principal campaign committee may use campaign funds to purchase copies of the candidate’s book without the purchase resulting in personal use or an in-kind contribution from the publisher. Read more...
AO 2014-07: Website May Use FEC Data, Other Info to Match Donors to
A for-profit corporation may create and operate a website that uses FEC contributor data and other information to help visitors identify and contribute to candidates, as well as prospective candidates and eventual party nominees that visitors support. Read more...
AO 2014-09: Consulting Firm May Market Credit Card Affinity Program to
A consulting firm may partner with banks to develop and market an affinity credit card program for political committees. The firm would offer individuals listed on the committees’ mailing lists credit cards that provide monthly rebates on purchases. The individuals would have the option to designate those rebates as contributions to the committee. Read more...
AO 2014-06: Campaign and Leadership PAC May Purchase and Distribute
Rep. Paul Ryan’s campaign committee and leadership PAC may purchase, distribute and promote the Congressman’s book, subject to certain requirements described in the advisory opinion. As proposed, the activity will not result in an impermissible personal use of campaign funds, nor will the publisher’s discounted sale of the book to the committees result in a prohibited corporate contribution. Read more...
AO 2014-05: State Law Does Not Apply to SSF's Federal
Under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) and Commission regulations, the separate segregated fund (SSF) of a corporation without capital stock may solicit federal contributions at any time from its solicitable class and twice yearly from an expanded group of individuals. According to the Michigan Department of State, a state law that restricts SSF solicitations for state and local activity does not apply to federal solicitations. Read more...
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