Government Resources About Electing Public Officials

America’s democratic government is founded on citizen rights to vote for elected officials. The Federal government has produced a few recent resources to help keep Americans educated about the regulatory responsibilities that come along with electing public officials.

The Code of Federal Regulations – Federal Elections  provides current regulations published by the Federal Election Commission to include candidate status and designations (also cited in 52 U.S.C. 30102(e), compliance procedures (also cited in 52 U.S.C. 30109, 30107 (a), Federal contractors, corporate and labor organization activity, and a lot more.

If you work or are involved with corporations or labor unions, you may want to check out Campaign Guide: Corporations and Labor Organizations, which was recently published by the Federal Boards and Commissions.

These guidelines apply to people working within trade associations, membership organizations, human capital, and labor organizations. It outlines how organizations can set up political action committees (PACs), Hybrid PACs, and separate segregated funds (SSFs) to make political contributions. This guide also covers contribution limits. It offers legal guidance about accepting contributions or donations from a foreign national within a federal election campaign. It covers other restricted classes and how fundraising can be legally handled for Federal election campaigns.

This text also covers the requirements for electronic filers. Anyone computer savvy who works within corporations and trade associations, owns their own small-to-mid-sized business, or is part of a lobbyist firms, could learn from this publication. It advises the reader on how to keep receipts and report donations that may impact the election process through campaign financing.

Here’s hoping this blog post will help educate you about resources available to assist you with legal ramifications with Federal elections and proper (allowable) methods to make campaign finance donations.

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