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Naming a nonconnected PAC

No names of candidates

The name of a nonconnected committee (including a leadership PAC) may not include the name of any candidate for federal office. (Only a candidate’s authorized committees may register with his or her name.)

Further, a nonconnected committee may not use a candidate’s name in any name under which the committee makes solicitations or other communications to the general public, unless the name clearly shows opposition to the candidate.

The one exception to this rule is the naming of a “draft committee.” A draft committee is a political committee that is established solely to draft an individual or to encourage him or her to become a candidate for federal office. A draft committee may use the name of an individual in its official name, but only if the committee name clearly indicates that it is a draft committee.