June 7, 2006
In this Issue:
On May 12, 2006 the FEC put into effect new regulations governing certain types of Internet communications. Here at CompleteCampaigns.com we do our best to stay on top of the rules and regs that affect our clients, so we've put together this short guide to how the new rules impact your life.
1. Disclaimers required on e-mail and websites.
FEC-registered political committees are required to place disclaimers on public websites. If a committee sends more than 500 substantially similar e-mails, each message must include a disclaimer (i.e. "Paid for and Authorized by the Bob for Dog-Catcher Committee."
The specific disclaimer requirements can be found on the FEC's "Special Notices on Political Ads and Solicitations." (http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/notices.shtml) But we'll sum them up for you:
2. Individuals and online campaign activity.
Individuals may send unlimited e-mail on any political topic without identifying who they are or whether their messages have been approved by a party or campaign committee. They may also post comments to blogs and other types of discussion websites.
The condition of all of this is that the individuals cannot be compensated. People who are paid by campaigns to place content on websites (along with placing a paid advertisement on any website) is considered "general public political advertising" and are thus "public communications" under the law, and is considered a reportable contribution or expenditure.
Note: we've covered some big points that may be of interest to our clients. For full detail on all the changes to the FEC's policies on Internet communications, it is strongly recommended that you read all of the applicable materials - available at www.fec.gov.
The trickiest part of campaign finance reporting is figuring out why your report doesn't exactly match your transaction register or match up with your previously filed report. That's why we've built tools to make it easier to work out the kinks.
A. Report of Register and Government Report Discrepancies
Here's how to use it:
B. Changed Transaction Report
This is a trick you could do by hand with a well-crafted Custom Report and a Custom Exports fomat, but why build it by hand when you can use our new Changed Transaction Report!
Here's how to use it:
Once you've generated your handy lists, you are armed with all the information you need to correct and file your perfect report. Easy as pie!
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Running A Campaign FAQ by Jenifer Broadbent
I Want to Run a Campaign!
Good for you! You've already done the heavy lifting of deciding to manage a campaign. Now comes the hard part - hiring. This is not meant to serve as a "Campaign How-To", this is more of an "Campaign FAQ". We figure you've come this far and found us, you must know enough, but maybe need some guidance.
The planning sequence of running a campaign starts off with hiring the right people. All political campaigns should have the following: Political Consultant, Campaign Manager, Fundraiser, Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator and lots and lots of volunteers.
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