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Friday, November 19, 2010

Political Contributions via Text shot down by FEC

FEC Digest: "AO 2010-23 (CTIA). On November 18, the Commission approved Advisory Opinion 2010-23. The Commission concluded that CTIA, an incorporated nonprofit trade association that represents the wireless communications industry, may not establish the proposed program, as described in the advisory opinion request, using Common Short Codes to process contributions to political committees. The proposed program would not be permissible under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act) and Commission regulations because contributions would not be forwarded to political committees within the timeframe required by the Act and political contributions would not be segregated from corporate general treasury funds. The Commission also concluded that CTIA must ensure that contributions are not from impermissible sources and that contributor identification information is forwarded to political committees when required by the Act's reporting requirements."

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