Frequently asked questions for new political committees. These questions and answers are intended to help new committees get started off on the right foot and to help existing committees find the information and resources they need.


What is political committee affiliation?

A political committee established, financed, maintained or controlled by a corporation, union, trade association, collective bargaining organization, federation of labor unions or any membership organization is automatically affiliated and shares a contribution limit with that entity.  In addition, there are other structural relationships that trigger automatic affiliation and, potentially, shared contribution limits.  See the Political Committee Manual for details.

A contribution by a political committee with funds that have all been contributed by one person who exercises exclusive control over the distribution of the funds of the political committee is a contribution by the controlling person.  More info ...

Are there laws governing political ads?

Yes.  Sponsor identification is usually required in a political ad, and, in some cases, information about the sponsoring committee’s donors.  Additionally, there are certain requirements for political ads about candidates.  Details are fully explained in the Political Advertising section of the PDC’s Political Committee instruction manual as well as the Political Advertising brochure and the Independent Expenditures & Electioneering Communications brochure.

Are there other disclosure requirements besides filing reports?

Political committees must make their campaign records available for public inspection during the 10 days, excluding weekends, before any election in which the committee participates.  Someone wanting to view the committee’s records will use the contact information on the committee’s registration to make an appointment for public inspection.