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AO 2014-17: LLC Owned by Two Corporations May Authorize Solicitations by a Trade Association
(Posted 11/18/2014; By Myles Martin)

A limited liability company (LLC) owned and controlled by two corporations may authorize a trade association of which it is a member to solicit its executive and administrative personnel. Read more...

Advisory Opinions 2014-14 & 2014-15: Professors May Receive Fringe Benefits from College During Campaigns
(Posted 10/23/2014; By Isaac Baker)

Two federal candidates, who are also college faculty members, may continue to receive fringe benefits payments from their employer during their unpaid leaves of absence to run for Congress. These candidate/employees’ receipt of these benefits does not violate the ban on corporate contributions because the college’s payment is part of a consistent policy available to all qualified employees and will be made on the same terms as other faculty members. Read more...

AO 2014-12: Separate Contribution Limits for National Convention Committees
(Posted 10/20/2014; By Alex Knott)

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC) may establish convention committees to raise funds subject to separate contribution limits because such convention committees qualify as “national committees” under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) and Commission regulations. Read more...

AO 2014-11: Health Care PACs No Longer Affiliated
(Posted 10/15/2014; By Alex Knott)

The Commission concluded that Health Care Service Corporation Employees’ Political Action Committee (HCSC PAC) is no longer affiliated with BluePAC, the separate segregated fund (SSF) of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). As a result, they no longer share limits on contributions, and neither may solicit PAC contributions from the other’s restricted class. Read more...

AO 2014-13: Contributions Earmarked for Multiple Committees
(Posted 09/25/2014; By Myles Martin)

Contributors may use ActBlue’s “Split It!” feature on its contribution forms to divide a single contribution among multiple political committees, including candidate committees. Using this feature will not result in ActBlue exercising direction or control over the choice of recipient candidates or political committees, nor will it trigger the Commission’s joint fundraising rules. Read more...




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