AO 2013-01 1787 National Committee Does Not Qualify as a National Party Committee
The 1787 National Committee (1787 Party) has yet to place any federal candidates on a state ballot. As such, it does not currently meet the definition of “political party” under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) and Commission regulations, and does not qualify as a national committee of a political party. Read more...
AO 2012-38 – Socialist Workers Party
The Federal Election Commission has renewed until December 31, 2016, the partial reporting exemption for the Socialist Workers Party, the Socialist Workers Party National Campaign Committee, other Socialist Workers Party committees, and authorized committees of Federal candidates of the Socialist Workers Party (henceforth "SWP" or "SWP committees"). Read more...
AO 2013-02 – DOMA Limits Application of Spouse Contribution Rules
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prohibits a candidate’s principal campaign committee from applying the spousal contribution rule to contributions it accepts from same-sex couples married under state law. However, the Commission said it would revisit this issue if the Supreme Court finds DOMA to be unconstitutional. Read more...
AO 2012-39: Green Party of Virginia Qualifies as State Party
The Green Party of Virginia (the GPV) qualifies as a state party committee under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) because: (1) the Green Party of the U.S. (the GPUS) qualifies as a political party; (2) GPV is part of the official GPUS structure; and (3) GPV is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the GPUS at the state level. Read more...
AO 2012-35 – Wireless Group May Forward Text Contributions
An e-commerce transaction company may receive small-dollar contributions initiated via text message and paid for by credit or debit card, deduct its fee and forward the net amount to its political committee customers. Read more...
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