WASHINGTON, D.C. – CTIA-The Wireless Association® today released its “Guidelines for Federal Political Campaign Contributions via Wireless Carrier’s Bill” to provide a framework for federal candidates to conduct political fundraising campaigns via text message. The Guidelines summarize several recent Advisory Opinions issued by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that prescribe the circumstances when such fundraising activity is permissible.
The FEC granted limited approval for federal candidates, political committees and political parties to collect political contributions through text message campaigns. The approval was granted in the FEC Advisory Opinion 2012-17 (m-Qube I) as clarified in Advisory Opinion 2012-26 (m-Qube II) and Advisory Opinion 2012-28 (CTIA II). The FEC Advisory Opinions are available online at http://saos.nictusa.com/saos/searchao.
The Guidelines offer wireless service providers recommendations for “best practices” to satisfy FEC rules on issues such as contributor eligibility, compliance, record keeping and limits as they enter into agreements with federal candidates, political committees and political parties.
“Beginning with the 2008 election, we saw political campaigns engage one-on-one with potential voters using mobile technology. The Guidelines seek to ensure that donors, who contribute via text, will have confidence in knowing their donation will be going to their chosen candidate, committee or party to help them in their next campaign,” said Steve Largent, President and CEO of CTIA.
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CTIA-The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry’s leading wireless tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, DC.