AO 2013-13 Joint Fundraising Disclaimers Must List Participating Candidates
Freshman Hold’em, a joint fundraising committee (JFC), must list its participating federal candidates in required disclaimers on public messages. Merely disclosing the joint fundraising committee’s shortened name and website URL does not give the public enough information to identity the candidates paying for the communications.
The Act and regulations require all political committees to include disclaimers on their (1) “public communications;” (2) electronic mail of more than 500 substantially similar communications; and (3) websites available to the general public. 11 CFR 100.26 and 110.11. The disclaimer must indentify who paid for the message and indicate whether it was authorized by a candidate’s campaign.
Freshman Hold’em JFC’s proposal to use only “Freshman Hold’em” and its URL to identify itself in its disclaimers on its public messages would not satisfy the disclaimer requirements because it would not “give the reader … adequate notice of the identity of the person or political committee that paid for … the communication.” 11 CFR 110.11(c)(1). The participating candidates must be listed.
Date Issued: November 14, 2013; 4 pages.
(Posted 11/20/2013: By: Alex Knott)
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