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Nonconnected committee webstore/fundraiser disclaimer example

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Any solicitation (including online fundraising and merchandise sales) for nonconnected committees must include a disclaimer that identifies who paid for the communication and indicates whether a candidate or campaign authorized it. Disclaimers must appear on political committees’ internet websites. Communications not authorized by a candidate or candidate’s committee, including any solicitation, must disclose the full name and permanent street address, telephone number or website address of the person who paid for the communication, and also state that the communication was not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee .

Before accepting a contribution, a political committee’s treasurer is responsible for examining all contributions to make sure they are not illegal (that is, from a prohibited source or excessive). Requiring customers to affirm that purchases are not being made by a prohibited source acts as an appropriate safeguard against receiving contributions from prohibited contributions. Review Advisory Opinion 2011-13 for technical details and sample language.

Nonconnected committee treasurers must also make “best efforts” to obtain, maintain and report the name, address, occupation and employer of each contributor who gives more than $200 in a calendar year. Solicitations must include a clear and conspicuous request for that information and inform contributors that the committee is required by law to make its best efforts to collect and report it. If the contributor does not provide the requested information, the treasurer must make a follow-up request within 30 days.

IRS Notice Requirements

Section 6113 of the Internal Revenue Code requires political committees whose gross annual receipts normally exceed $100,000 to include a special notice on their solicitations to inform solicitees that contributions are not tax deductible.