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Party committee fundraiser featuring a candidate disclaimer example

Solicitations by a party committee featuring a federal candidate must include a disclaimer stating who has paid for the communication.

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This is an example of the disclaimer notice requirements for a fundraiser invitation paid for by a party committee that features a federal candidate as its guest. If the communication is authorized by a candidate, candidate’s committee or agent of either entity, but paid for by any other person, the disclaimer must state the communication is paid for by the third party and is authorized by the candidate, authorized committee or agent.

Federal candidates, officeholders (and agents acting on behalf of either) are prohibited from soliciting, receiving, transferring, disbursing, or otherwise spending funds in connection with any election (including both federal and nonfederal elections) unless those funds are subject to the Federal Election Campaign Act’s (the Act) limitations and prohibitions.

Best efforts
Party committees and their treasurers must 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. In order to show that the committee has made “best efforts,” solicitations must specifically request that information and inform contributors that the committee is required by law to use its best efforts to collect and report it. This request must be clear and conspicuous.

Statement of federal election purpose
Solicitations must inform potential contributors that their contributions will be used in connection with federal elections or that they are subject to the limits and prohibitions of the Federal Election Campaign Act.

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.