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Endorsing a candidate for another office

September 12, 2016

During this point of the election cycle, federal candidates often endorse other federal or nonfederal candidates in public communications, such as robocalls or direct mass mailings. When a federal candidate does this, the costs incurred by the other campaign for the communication are not considered to be a contribution from that campaign to the federal candidate, as long as the communication does not promote or support the federal candidate or attack or oppose the federal candidate's opponents. See 11 CFR 109.21(g). For more information on the rules for candidates supporting one another in campaign materials and public communications, see "Support From Other Campaigns" on page 42 of the Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates.