When using the facilities and resources of a corporation (including an incorporated trade association or membership organization) or labor organization, a campaign must pay the organization according to the rules described on this page. Otherwise, the use may result in a prohibited contribution from the corporation or labor organization.
If a campaign uses the facilities of a corporation or labor organization, the campaign must reimburse the organization within a commercially reasonable time and at the usual and normal rental charge. Use of facilities may include, for example, the use of telephones, typewriters or office furniture. If another political committee or an individual reimburses a corporation or labor organization for the campaign-related use of its facilities, the payment is considered an in-kind contribution from that committee or individual to the campaign. (In the case of a political committee sponsored by the organization providing the facilities, it is also advisable that payment be made to the organization in advance in order to avoid a prohibited contribution from the organization.) Note, however, that employees, stockholders and members of a corporation or labor organization may make incidental use of an organization’s facilities, subject to the corporation or labor organization’s own rules, for volunteer work without having to reimburse the organization (except for any increased overhead).
Usual and normal rental rate
Candidates and political parties may, at the discretion of the organization, rent a corporation or labor organization’s meeting rooms at the usual and normal rate, provided reimbursement is made within a commercially reasonable time.
Provided by organization’s political committee
As with other facilities, if the organization’s political committee pays for the room as an in-kind contribution, it is advisable that payment be made in advance to avoid a prohibited contribution from the organization.
For free or at a discount
A candidate may be able to use the rooms for free or at a discount under the following conditions:
- The corporation or labor organization customarily makes its meeting rooms available to civic and community groups;
- The corporation or labor organization makes the rooms available to other candidates upon request; and
- The corporation or labor organization makes the rooms available to the candidates on the same terms given to other groups (for free or at a discount if those are the terms offered to other groups).
Use of corporate or labor name or trademark
A corporation or a labor organization may not use the corporation’s names, trademarks or service marks to facilitate the making of contributions to a federal political committee, and a federal political committee may not knowingly accept or receive such facilitated contributions. For example, a campaign may not recognize the corporate (or labor) employers of individual contributors in connection with a fundraising event. These restrictions do not apply to the use of a name as part of the name of a political committee.