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Advisory opinions

Advisory opinions are official Commission responses to questions about how federal campaign finance law applies to specific, factual situations.

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Once the Office of the General Counsel has determined that an advisory opinion request meets all of the requirements to move forward for consideration by the Commission, the request is made public and is available for public comment for ten days.

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AO 2017-11 Gallegly

Use of campaign funds to repair home security system for former officeholder.

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The Commission issues an advisory opinion when four or more Commissioners vote to approve it. These votes almost always occur during an open meeting.

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