Application of media exemption.
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Political committee status of state party organization
Use of campaign funds to pay for child care
Technology corporation's provision of low-cost cybersecurity services to federal candidates and political committees.
Draft fund with contributions earmarked for pro-life candidates.
Commission did not reach an agreement, so no AO was issued.
Using Candidate Photo and Name on nonconnected PAC fundraising merchandise
Requestor, a congressional campaign committee, asks whether it may distribute digital blockchain tokens (with no monetary value) to volunteers and supporters as an incentive to engage in volunteer activities.
Definition of Electioneering Communication (Commission did not reach an agreement, so no AO was issued).
Live-streaming of political committee events.
Permissibility of online contribution processing platform.
Recognition as state committee of a political party.
Use of excess recount funds.
Earmarked contributions to nominees and presumptive nominees conditioned on a public endorsement.
Application of volunteer services exception to cryptocurrency mining.
Provision of free cybersecurity resources to candidates and political party committees, by nonprofit corporation and its private sector sponsors and partners.