Whether government benefit constitutes earned income for purposes of candidate salary provision
Advisory opinions are official Commission responses to questions about how federal campaign finance law applies to specific, factual situations.
This archive contains advisory opinions from 1975 to the present. It also contains documents related to advisory opinions — such as requests, drafts and public comments — from 1990 to the present.The advisory opinion process
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Use of short code text messages by political committees.
Recent advisory opinions issued
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Rental of campaign’s email list to promote candidate’s book.
Use of web-based platform to make contributions to political committees.
Company's provision of sponsored advertisement services to political committees.
Commission did not reach an agreement, so no AO was issued.
Online contribution-processing platform.
Federal officeholder serving as chair of state party committee.