Political groups which plan to contribute to candidates or other political groups, or
make independent expenditures to affect elections, 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 groups:
- the Federal Election Campaign Act (different provisions apply to federal and non-federal groups)
- the Internal Revenue Code’s registration and reporting requirements for certain political groups (see the IRS fact sheet)
- the federal Hatch Act (applies to all campaigns)
- 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.
If you are considering the establishment of a political committee (or have already set up one), please call
my office to set up a consultation.
Edward StillSuite 2012112 11th Avenue South
Birmingham AL 35205-2844phone 205-320-2882fax 877-264-5513 (toll free)