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Spartacus
11-28-07, 03:41 PM
to provide labor on a presidential campaign?

Just curious ....

Rajiv
11-28-07, 04:04 PM
From Foreign Nationals (http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/foreign.shtml#Volunteer)


Volunteer Activity

Generally, an individual may volunteer personal services to a federal candidate or federal political committee without making a contribution. The Act provides this volunteer "exemption" as long as the individual performing the service is not compensated by anyone. 11 CFR 100.74 (http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14feb20071500/edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2007/janqtr/11cfr100.74.htm). The Commission has addressed applicability of this exemption to volunteer activity by a foreign national, as explained below.

In Advisory Opinion 1987-25 (http://ao.nictusa.com/ao/no/870025.html), the Commission allowed a foreign national student to provide uncompensated volunteer services to a Presidential campaign. By contrast, the decision in AO 1981-51 (http://ao.nictusa.com/ao/no/810051.html) prohibited a foreign national artist from donating his services in connection with fundraising for a Senate campaign. <!--[if !supportFootnotes]--> [2] (http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/foreign.shtml#ftn2)

From this above extract and the links therein, I would opine that it all depends upon how such a volunteer is described and how the description of his/her services is worded!

Spartacus
11-28-07, 04:09 PM
I'm not in a situation to do it easily and besides, it's probably a very bad idea -

most people take it quite badly when foreigners comment on internal affairs, and foreign workers could backfire on a campaign (although Frum never seemed to hurt the Neocon cause).


From Foreign Nationals (http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/foreign.shtml#Volunteer)


From this above extract and the links therein, I would opine that it all depends upon who such a volunteer is described and how the description of his/her services is worded!

Rajiv
11-28-07, 04:27 PM
I think the main restriction appears to be that the volunteer services provided should not be used in fundraising - hence the restriction on the foreign artist.

However, nothing prevents you from e-mailing your friends to fund a candidate, as long as you are not acting on behalf of the said campaign.

DemonD
11-29-07, 05:01 PM
Paul van Dyk (german) and Adam Freeland (UK) came to the US in 2004 for a fundraising political concert tour. (They are both electronic dance music DJ's.) There were other DJ's that participated in this effort.

I believe the proceeds went to non-partisan organizations, but the message was implicit that they were against Bush.