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...
AO 2014-10: Commission Approves Use of Campaign Funds to Purchase Book
(Posted 08/22/2014; By Zainab Smith)
A principal campaign committee may use campaign funds to purchase copies of
the candidate’s book without the purchase resulting in personal use or an
in-kind contribution from the publisher. Read more...
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