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Court: Dark Money Donor Must Be Disclosed

  A recent federal court decision may have long-lasting repercussions for 501(c4) organizations engaged in political activity. Ruling on the “dark money” issue in Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington vs. Federal Election Commission, Chief Judge Beryl Howell found that 501(c)4 groups making independent expenditures in federal races must disclose donors contributing to independent […]

Advisory Opinions #12: Keep Your Receipts

  Recently, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) was accused of lying on FEC forms tracking travel reimbursement. How did his campaign show that this was a dirty political attack? He kept his receipts! Jack and Adrienne discuss why it’s important to keep those receipts, log those miles, and file timely reports for travel reimbursements. They also […]

Next Crimson Overview Webinar on August 14

The beginning of September marks the intense, busy time of the election cycle. If you have questions about Crimson or have staff that needs training, now is the time to get help. Join the Crimson Support Staff for the Crimson webinar next week on Tuesday, August 14 at 2 p.m. EDT. During the monthly webinar, we will […]

Uncertainty After FEC Holds Hearings for Online Ad Disclaimers

  At the end of June, the Federal Election Commission held a two-day hearing on the proposals to change the definition of “public communications” and require disclaimers on internet communications. The Commission heard from 18 witnesses representing think tanks, political parties and committees, research institutions, vendors, and trade associations from the advertising industry. None of the […]

Advisory Opinions #11: Foreign Money in U.S. Elections

The FEC recently considered two proposals about changing the rules on foreign money in U.S. elections. Is this partisan politics, media hoopla, or a real problem that the FEC needs to address? In episode #11 of Advisory Opinions, Jack and Adrienne discuss what laws already exist, what non-citizens can and can’t do on a campaign, […]

Your Campaign Needs Recurring Donations

  Would you rather receive $10 or $80 from a donor? The answer is easy. For the same amount of work and messaging, it is possible to convert that $10 donation into $80 through recurring or monthly donations. Recurring donations are a simple, innovative way to boost your campaign’s fundraising efforts.  These gifts are automatically […]

Feature of the Month: Possible Duplicates

Recently, Crimson rolled out a new enhancement to the Possible Duplicates tool under the Compliance menu. You can now search for Organization duplicates with the tool in addition to Individual dupes. You can also prioritize which dupes are reviewed and processed first by filtering by Match Type or selecting that only Donor records to be […]

Crimson Overview Webinar On July 18

Have you used the new Crimson features like the Possible Duplicates tool? Join the Crimson Overview webinar next week to learn about this new tool and other features recently added to Crimson. The monthly webinar will cover all the major features of Crimson and how to use the platform. Once you click here to RSVP, we will […]

Advisory Opinions #10: Your Campaign Security Is Bad

A recent survey from the Shorenstein Center at Harvard Kennedy School found that only 39% of campaign staffers are concerned about hacks. Jack and Adrienne discuss simple steps your campaign can take that aren’t expensive or time consuming to make your data and systems more secure. In the episode, they discuss: Two-factor authentication & why […]

Advisory Opinions #9: Does Janus Change Everything?

This week, the Supreme Court will hand down their decision in the anticipated Janus vs. AFSCME case. In this episode, Jack and Adrienne discuss how elections are likely to change if the Supreme Court rules against public sector unions. Currently, only 6.5% of private sector workers are members of a labor union. However, 34.4% of […]

Advisory Opinions #8: Data Clean

Dirty data can end up costing your campaign or PAC more since expensive mail packages are sent to wrong addresses and valuable staff time is wasted. Learn about cost-saving practices that also keep your data in shape as Jack and Adrienne discuss data hygiene and maintenance with Greg Andreycak, the director of account services at CMDI. […]

Feature of the Month: FEC ID Lookup

A new feature in Crimson can help ensure that you have accurate FEC ID numbers while recording donations or submitting FEC reports. When this tool is used, it will also populate many of the profile fields for you, such as organization name and address. The lookup tool relies on the FEC’s API, and displays information […]

A Guide to Facebook’s New Political Ad Changes

If you work for a political campaign, PAC or nonprofit you probably noticed changes on Facebook’s Business Manager when you tried to place an ad. On May 22, the social network implemented sweeping changes for ads it considers political on both Facebook and Instagram. This new, controversial policy was announced last October after Facebook revealed […]

Advisory Opinions #7: Facebook’s New Advertising Rules

At the end of May, Facebook implemented new advertising rules for political and issue ads. In episode 7, Jack and Adrienne cover: Who needs to be verified and what the process requires. What Facebook classifies as an “issue” ad. How the new process will affect small businesses, nonprofits and former office holders. What the ad […]

Next Crimson Webinar on June 13

Need help with Crimson or have questions about features? Join the Crimson Support Team next week for a Crimson Overview webinar on June 13 at 2 p.m. EDT. The webinar will cover all the major features of Crimson and how to use the platform. Once you click here to RSVP, we will send a follow-up email with […]

FEC Offers Examples of Online Ad Disclaimers

At the end of June, the Federal Election Commission will hold a hearing on proposed rule changes for online ad disclaimers. In advance of the meeting, the Commissioners released a series of example ads that highlight how disclaimers would look with rules from each proposal. The FEC created 18 graphic ad examples that range from […]

Check Out the Advisory Opinions Podcast

Want to keep up with the latest news for campaign, compliance and fundraising professionals? Pull up your favorite podcast service and subscribe to CMDI’s new podcast, Advisory Opinions. It’s a show for Republican campaign professionals by campaign professionals. Advisory Opinions isn’t like the other punditry shows stacking up in your queue. Each episode is short — […]

Only One Training Opportunity in May

Do you need training on Crimson or have new staff? The Crimson Support Team will hold their monthly webinar next week on Wednesday, May 16 at 2 p.m. EDT. The Crimson Overview session will cover all the major features of Crimson and how to use the platform. Once you click here to RSVP, we will follow up with […]

FEC Considering Revising ‘Zombie Campaign’ Rules

What happens to the money left over in a campaign once a federal office holder is no longer in office? The question is the subject to a new petition launched by the Campaign Legal Center. They were prompted by an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and WTSP NewsChannel 10 that found 102 inactive campaigns […]

Proposed FEC Regulations for Online Ad Disclaimers

The questions surrounding the FEC’s regulation of online ads will soon be answered. In March, the Commission released a long-awaited proposal of draft regulations for internet communication disclaimers. The proposal is currently open for comments and will be discussed at a hearing on June 27. The draft contains two different proposals – Alternative A and […]