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AO 2014-06: Campaign and Leadership PAC May Purchase and Distribute Book
(Posted 08/01/2014; By Zainab Smith)

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 Solicitations
(Posted 07/28/2014; By Alex Knott)

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...

AO 2014-04: State Law Does Not Apply to SSF's Payroll Deductions
(Posted 07/02/2014; By Alex Knott)

Under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) and Commission regulations, Enterprise Holdings, Inc. may use payroll deduction for contributions to its SSF. According to the New York State Department of Labor, the state’s restrictions on corporate payroll deductions do not apply to solicitations by federal separate segregated funds (SSFs). Read more...

AO 2014-02 Political Committee May Accept Bitcoins as Contributions
(Posted 05/13/2014; By Myles Martin)

A nonconnected political committee may accept contributions in the form of bitcoin digital currency. It may also purchase bitcoins as an investment, but must sell the purchased bitcoins and deposit the proceeds from those sales into its campaign depository before spending the funds. Read more...

AO 2014-03: Campaign May Run Ads Supporting Nonfederal Candidates
(Posted 05/02/2014; By Alex Knott)

A federal candidate may spend unlimited campaign funds on advertisements that promote both his own candidacy and the election of candidates for state and local office. Read more...

AO 2014-01: Party Committee May Use Predecessor’s Funds
(Posted 04/08/2014; By Isaac Baker)

A California party committee may transfer in funds from its predecessor’s dormant federal account and use them for federal election activity, so long as the committee makes best efforts to disclose the sources of the transferred funds. Read more...





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