Campaign Guide: Corporations and Labor Organizations

Campaign Guide: Corporations and Labor Organizations
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Campaign Guide: Corporations and Labor Organizations
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052-006-00065-1
ISBN:
9780160943973
Description

This guide was written to help corporations (including incorporated trade associations and membership organizations) and labor organizations comply with the Federal Election Campaign Act and FEC regulations. This publication provides guidance on certain aspects of federal campaign finance law. It is not intended to replace the law or to change its meaning, nor does this publication create or confer any rights for or on any person or bind the Federal Election Commission or the public. 

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1

Getting started 1

1. Registering with the FEC 2

2. Treasurer 3

3. Naming the SSF 4

4. Filling out the Statement of Organization (Form 1) 5

5. Filing the form 8

6. Amending registration information 9

7. Notification of multicandidate status 9

8. Affiliation 11

9. Operating costs 12

10. Incorporating the SSF 12

11. Compliance with tax laws 13

12. Limited liability companies and SSFs 13

CHAPTER 2

Understanding contributions 15

1. What is a contribution? 15

2. Types of contributions 15

3. Limits on contributions received by the SSF 18

4. Limits on contributions made by the SSF 21

5. Designation of contributions made by SSF 23

6. Date contribution is made vs. date of receipt 24

7. Handling excessive contributions made to the SSF 26

8. Remedying an excessive contribution made by the SSF 27

9. Affiliation and contribution limits 28

10. Prohibited corporate and labor contributions 28

11. Other prohibited contributions 31

12. Handling prohibited contributions 33

CHAPTER 3

Fundraising for the SSF 35

1. Rules for SSF solicitations 35

2. Voluntary contributions only 35

3. Required notices on solicitations 36

4. Limited solicitees 37

5. Corporations: solicitable class 37

6. Labor organizations: solicitable class 40

7. Membership organizations: solicitable class 40

8. Trade associations: solicitable class 43

9. What constitutes a solicitation 44

10. Solicitation methods 44

11. Fundraising events and special promotions – the "one-third rule" 48

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12. Payroll deduction 50

13. Corporate collection methods used by labor organizations 51

14. Combined dues/solicitation statements 52

15. Collecting and forwarding contributions – collecting agents 52

CHAPTER 4

Managing the SSF 57

1. Affiliation 57

2. SSFs and nonconnected PACs 61

3. Other receipts 62

4. Non-election related disbursements 64

5. SSF involvement in nonfederal elections 64

6. Internal controls for SSFs 66

CHAPTER 5

Supporting candidates 69

1. Contributions 69

2. Public communications 72

3. Coordinated communications 72

4. Independent expenditures 77

5. Disclaimer notices on communications 79

CHAPTER 6

Use of resources and facilities 83

1. Individual volunteer activity 83

2. Use of facilities and resources by persons other than individual volunteers 85

3. Use of resources in fundraising 86

4. Transportation 88

CHAPTER 7

Other uses of corporate and union funds 93

1. Legal and accounting services 93

2. Donations to nonfederal candidates and committees 93

3. Donations for party office building 94

4. Corporate food/beverage vendor discounts 94

5. Employee participation plans 94

6. Donations by businesses and unions for presidential conventions 95

7. Donations by commercial vendors for presidential conventions 96

CHAPTER 8

Corporate and labor communications to the restricted class 99

1. Restricted class 99

2. Types of communications 101

3. Voter registration and Get-Out-the-Vote drives 104

4. Reporting communications to the restricted class 105

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CHAPTER 9

Keeping records 107

1. Three-year retention of records 107

2. Recording receipts 107

3. Recording contributions 109

4. Recording disbursements 110

5. Treasurer’s best efforts 112

CHAPTER 10

Filing FEC reports 115

1. Treasurer’s duties 115

2. Where to file 115

3. When to file reports 116

4. Administrative fines for late filers and nonfilers 121

5. Electronic filing 122

6. Public inspection of reports 124

CHAPTER 11

Completing FEC Form 3X 127

1. Reporting forms and formats 127

2. Special rules for first report 129

3. Categorizing receipts 129

4. How to itemize receipts 130

5. When to itemize receipts 130

6. Reporting contributions received 132

7. Reporting other categories of receipts 139

8. Categorizing disbursements 140

9. How to itemize disbursements 141

10. When to itemize disbursements 141

11. Reporting contributions made 142

12. Reporting other categories of disbursements 149

13. Investments 152

14. Independent expenditures 153

15. Reporting loans 160

16. Reporting debts other than loans 161

17. Completing the report 163

18. The Detailed Summary Page 163

19. The Summary Page 166

20. Filing amendments 167

CHAPTER 12

Termination and debt settlement 169

1. Terminating the committee 169

2. Debt settlement 171

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APPENDIX A

Allocable federal and nonfederal activities 177

Audience

 corporations (including incorporated trade associations and membership organizations) and labor organizations. 

Product Details

Availability Details:
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Record Creation Date:
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Last Status Update:
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