skip navigation
Here's how you know US flag signifying that this is a United States Federal Government website

An official website of the United States government

Here's how you know

Dot gov

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.


Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you've safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

  • FEC Record: Advisory opinions

AO 2022-11: State parties may solicit and direct nonfederal donations to hybrid PAC

September 1, 2022

State party committees and their chairs may solicit and direct nonfederal funds to a hybrid PAC’s non-contribution account because it is a “political committee” under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) and Commission regulations.


State Democracy Defenders PAC (SDD PAC) is registered with the Commission as a nonconnected political committee with both contribution and non-contribution accounts (Hybrid PAC). SDD PAC is not established, financed, maintained, or controlled by any state party committee or their agents. SDD PAC’s mission “is to raise funds from donors across the country and donate these funds to state party committee nonfederal accounts—consistent with state campaign finance laws—to facilitate their vital grassroots, pro-democracy work.”

SDD PAC will not accept contributions earmarked for specific state party committees but will itself decide how to spend the funds it receives. SDD PAC will also make monetary and in-kind donations to state and local candidates.

SDD PAC asks if state party committees and their chairs may solicit unlimited funds for SDD PAC’s non-contribution account.


A hybrid PAC may, in addition to making contributions, establish a separate bank account to deposit and withdraw funds raised in unlimited amounts from individuals, corporations, labor organizations and other political committees. A hybrid PAC’s non-contribution account may be used “for the purpose of financing independent expenditures, other advertisements that refer to a Federal candidate, and generic voter drives.”

While state party committees generally may solicit nonfederal funds, Commission regulations prohibit state party officers and agents from soliciting funds for certain tax-exempt organizations. However, the regulations specifically identify federal political committees as one type of organization for which state party committees and their officers may solicit funds. Accordingly, because SDD PAC is a federal political committee, state party committees and their chairs may solicit funds for SDD PAC without regard to the amount limitations or source prohibitions of the Act.

Date issued: August 31, 2022; Length: 6 pages



11 C.F.R. § 100.5
Political committee

11 C.F.R. § 100.24
Federal election activity

11 C.F.R. § 103.3
Deposit of receipts and disbursements

11 C.F.R. § 104.5
Filing dates

11 C.F.R. § 300.30

11 C.F.R. § 300.37
Prohibitions on fundraising for and donating to certain tax-exempt organizations


  • Author 
    • David Garr
    • Communications Specialist