AO 2014-03: Campaign May Run Ads Supporting Nonfederal Candidates
A federal candidate may spend unlimited campaign funds on advertisements that promote both his own candidacy and the election of candidates for state and local office.
Moreover, there is no limit on the amount of lawful campaign funds that a candidate may spend advocating his own election. See Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1, 55-58 (1976). Furthermore, because all of the funds at issue would be spent directly by the campaign committee, the Commission assumed that the funds would comply with the amount and source limits of the Act and Commission regulations.
Applying those provisions, the Commission concluded that Lindsey for Congress’s proposed use of unlimited campaign funds for ads supporting Mr. Lindsey’s campaign as well as those of state and local candidates is permissible, provided that the portions related to state and local candidates also comply with state law.
Date issued: 4/14/2014; Length: 4 pages.
(Posted 5/2/2014; By: Alex Knott)
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