At Barton Mendez Soto, we know firsthand that campaign finance regulations are extensive, complex, and carefully scrutinized in today’s political climate. Regulatory and governmental entities closely observe how money moves through candidate committees, independent expenditure PACs (Super PACs), and union separate segregated funds. We also know that political opponents requesting investigations into the formation and operation of political campaign committees occur more often now than ever before.
Given the high scrutiny of campaign and union finance law, our accomplished lawyers at Barton Mendez Soto make it our top priority to provide thorough counsel and representation in these complicated matters. Our skilled legal team works proactively to minimize risks by helping our clients organize compliant systems and practices. Whether you have started a new political entity or face a conflict involving your political opponents, our reputable lawyers have the practical experience you want on your side to navigate the legal system and ensure your best interests are protected.
Making assumptions about whether a certain action or inaction is permissible can pose a big risk to a political entity. There are often specific codes that apply to particular situations that can impact whether contributions raised by or donated to Super PACs or union separate segregated funds are legal. From the beginning of the election cycle and throughout the entirety of the campaign, our attorneys offer insight regarding the nuances of campaign finance law to ensure your political action committee or organization is fully informed and protected from liability.
If you have questions about managing political finances, then please reach out to our firm today so we can give you reliable advice. Activities that are commonly subject to campaign finance law regulations include:
- Soliciting, accepting, and tracking donor contributions
- Gathering identifying information from donors with total election cycle contributions of at least $50, as well as disclosing the collection of this information
- Maintaining complete and accurate financial records, including donation records
- Preparing reports of funding sources and expenditures as necessary
- Tracking and evaluating nonmonetary in-kind contributions, excluding volunteer services
- Holding fundraising events
- Purchasing political advertisements
- Approving expenditures for costs of supplies and other needs
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Our experienced lawyers are familiar with the many ways that finance influences elections and policy creation at the local, state, and federal levels. That is why we are committed to using our extensive resources and legal insight to ensure our clients maintain compliance in all of their political endeavors.
When you choose Barton Mendez Soto to represent you, our attorneys will work closely with you and dive deep into the details to identify restrictions and obligations that are crucial for clarifying your political strategy. However, you can trust that we will leave all the important decisions in your control. Our job is to keep you informed, recommend options for success, and remain available so you can tap into our knowledge to develop a customized plan that suits your unique needs.
Our team at Barton Mendez Soto PLLC has experience with prominent political entities, including state and county political parties and several high-profile campaigns. We know how to navigate the complexity of Arizona election laws and are prepared to get to work for you.
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