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Reporting testing the waters activity

October 7, 2019

Before deciding to run for federal office, a potential candidate may wish to “test the waters” to explore the feasibility of a campaign without registering with the FEC. Testing the waters activities may include fundraising, conducting polls, and traveling around the state or district in order to gauge public support for a possible candidacy.

If the individual decides to run for federal office and has exceeded $5,000 in contributions or expenditures during the testing the waters period, then all financial activity (including any testing the waters activity) must be reported to the FEC.

For more information on testing the waters for federal office, please visit our testing the waters web page and YouTube video.

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