AO 2013-16: Nonprofit May Use Donor Data to Facilitate
PoliticalRefund.org (“PoliticalRefund”) may use information from FEC reports to inform certain individual donors of their right to seek refunds of their contributions to federal candidates and may help to facilitate those refunds. PoliticalRefund may also post aggregate refund statistics on its website and accept paid advertising and sponsorship to offset its costs. Read more...
Alternative Disposition of Advisory Opinion Request 2013-15 (Conservative
On November 21, 2013, the Commission considered an advisory opinion request from the Conservative Action Fund (CAF). In its request, CAF asked a number of questions relating to the receipt and disbursement of Bitcoins, including whether CAF could lawfully accept Bitcoins as contributions from individuals and others lawfully permitted to contribute in connection with federal elections, and whether CAF could contribute, sell or directly spend the Bitcoins they receive. Read more...
Alternative Disposition of Advisory Opinion Request 2013-17 (Tea Party
On November 21, 2013, the Commission considered an advisory opinion request from the Tea Party Leadership Fund (TPLF). In its request, TPLF asked the Commission to grant it exemptions from certain reporting and disclosure provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act), including the Act’s requirements to disclose the name and addresses of certain persons who have contributed to TPLF and the requirements to disclose those persons to whom expenditures or other disbursements have been made by TPLF. Read more...
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. Read more...
AO 2013-11 – Senate Candidate May Use Campaign Funds for Lawsuit
A lawsuit involving former Senate candidate Joseph Miller would not have existed irrespective of his candidacy. As a result, his campaign committee, Citizens for Joe Miller, may use campaign funds as a deposit with a state court while appealing a judgment that awarded attorneys’ fees to the plaintiff. Read more...
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