Use of campaign funds for legal expenses incurred in obtaining ballot access.
Advisory opinions are official Commission responses to questions about how federal campaign finance law applies to specific, factual situations.
This archive contains advisory opinions from 1975 to the present. It also contains documents related to advisory opinions — such as requests, drafts and public comments — from 1990 to the present.The advisory opinion process
Pending advisory opinion requests
Once the Office of the General Counsel has determined that an advisory opinion request meets all of the requirements to move forward for consideration by the Commission, the request is made public and is available for public comment for ten days.Learn how to comment
Repayment of loan by candidate to principal campaign committee.
Recent advisory opinions issued
The Commission issues an advisory opinion when four or more Commissioners vote to approve it. These votes almost always occur during an open meeting.Explore all advisory opinions
Nonconnected PAC formed by state candidate/officeholder.
Use of campaign funds for candidate's childcare expenses.
Vendor collecting and forwarding contributions to political committees.
Website conducting straw polls and advertising results of such polls.
Use of campaign funds for, and volunteer attorney services regarding, lawsuit by voters seeking quicker special election.
Conversion of nonfederal committee to joint federal-nonfederal committee.
Status as state committee of national party.
Checkoff system for contributions to trade association and state affiliates acting as collecting agents.