Application of media exemption.
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Nonauthorized committee use of abbreviation of candidate's name.
NORPAC, a political action committee, asks whether it may deduct a percentage fee from earmarked contributions that it forwards in order to reimburse its own solicitation and administrative costs.
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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.
Live-streaming of political committee events.