August 27, 2012 •
FEC Advisory Opinion Addresses “Expressly Advocating”
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) issued an advisory opinion offering limited guidance on what type of solicitations for political contributions are permissible and what type of advertisements qualify as expressly advocating the election or defeat of a candidate.
In Advisory Opinion 2012-27, the FEC found two of four proposed donation requests permissible. The Commission also concluded three of seven proposed advertisements did not expressly advocate the election or defeat of a clearly identified federal candidate.
The remaining advertising and donation requests were not decided by the FEC because it lacked the required four affirmative votes for agreement.
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