Candidates must be concerned about complying with state and federal laws regulating campaigning and
campaign finance. Here are the principal (but not all) laws affecting state, local, and federal candidates:
- the Federal Election Campaign Act (different provisions apply to federal and non-federal candidates)
- the federal Hatch Act (applies to all candidates) [this link is to a federal government summary of the Hatch Act]
- the Federal Communications Act (applies to all candidates) [this link is to the Campaign & Media Center’s publication, What You Need to Know About Political Advertising)
- the Alabama Fair Campaign Practices Act (state candidates) [this link is to the Alabama Secretary of State’s summary of the Act]
- Alabama laws on candidate advertising (state candidates) [this link is to the Alabama Secretary of State’s summary of the Act]
- Alabama laws restricting corporate contributions to state candidates and political committees
During my practice in Alabama and Washington, DC, I have worked with these laws, advising candidates and
others about their meaning.
All candidates should register an Internet domain name whether they intend to use a website or not.
If the candidate does not register a website name, an opponent may register that name and put up damaging or misleading information. Because of my familiarity with the Internet, I can advise you on this. I also work closely with a Washington, D.C. attorney who represents companies with high technology legal issues.
Candidates also need advice on the legality of absentee voter programs (yours and your opponents), election
day procedures, vote recounts, and contests. Over the years, I have handled all of these issues.
If you are considering running for office, please call my office to set up a consultation.
(Please note: I represent Democratic candidates or candidates in non-partisan municipal elections only.)
Edward StillSuite 2012112 11th Avenue South
Birmingham AL 35205-2844phone 205-320-2882fax 877-264-5513 (toll free)