Ohio’s campaign finance laws permit use of peer-to-peer payment systems

If you are thinking about using Venmo to accept campaign donations, you now have guidance from the Ohio Elections Commission to permissibly do so. 

The Ohio Elections Commission advised that the use of peer-to-peer payment systems such as Venmo are permissible under Ohio’s campaign finance laws. However, to comply with Ohio Revised Code §3517.10(D)(3), the peer-to-peer account needs to be specifically set up for the campaign committee and separate from the personal account of the possible beneficiary of the campaign fund.

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FEC releases coordinated party expenditure limits for 2020

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has adjusted coordinated party expenditure limits for 2020. For presidential nominees, the limit is $26,464,700. For Senate nominees, the limits range from $103,700 to $3,175,100, based on their state’s voting age population. Limits for House nominees are $103,700 (states with only one U.S. House Representative) or $51,900 (state with more than one U.S. House Representative).

The limits “are calculated according to a statutory formula that accounts for the annual cost-of-living adjustment,” according to the FEC’s news release. For more, read the full release.

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