In order to help local groups fundraise, it’s necessary that the funds be donated to Indivisible Project, our national organization, and we then grant the majority of the money to your local group for your group activities. For that reason, the money can only be spent on activities that are legally permitted for an organization with the tax status that Indivisible Project has. Because we are a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, there are certain things that this money cannot be spent on.
Independent political spending on federal elections are permitted but require pre-approval.
The political spending pre-approval form is below. For federal reporting purposes, partisan political spending includes any activity conducted to influence the election, selection, nomination, or appointment of any individual to a federal office; to an office in a political organization or political party; or as a delegate or elector for President or Vice President. This may include, for example, ads that explicitly seek to support or oppose a candidate for federal office, or voter outreach that explicitly supports or opposes a candidate. You may notice a theme here: supporting or opposing a candidate for federal office. More general work related to elections, like get-out-the-vote activities that don’t mention a candidate, are not considered partisan political spending for federal reporting purposes. Any activity that qualifies as political spending MUST be pre-approved. This is because Indivisible must file reports on this spending with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), sometimes within 24 hours of the money being spent. This is why it is extremely important that you get pre-approval for political spending, and work with us to get the information we need to file with the FEC.
Political spending with this card must be independent and direct contributions to campaigns are prohibited.
This card cannot be used to make direct financial contributions or offer other direct financial support to a candidate, political party, or PAC. This includes spending that is done in coordination with candidates, political parties, or PACs. Spending is considered coordinated if it is done at the request or suggestion of a political party or candidate; if a candidate or campaign representative was materially involved in decisions regarding the expense; if members of a campaign had substantial discussion about the expense; or if the expense was made through a common vendor with a campaign or committee, or with the guidance of a recently departed ex-employee of a campaign or committee. NOTE: This also means that there are restrictions on what kind of fundraising requests can be made. Please do not ask people to donate money so that it can be spent on any specific candidate’s campaign or independent expenditure campaign.
Political spending on state or local races is prohibited.
The card cannot be used for any political activity directed towards influencing the outcome of state or local races. Indivisible cannot provide support for legally-mandated reporting associated with these races.
Additional Requirements for Printed Materials
All printed materials must include the following disclaimer, as required by the FEC:
Paid for by Indivisible Project (indivisible.org). Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
Disclaimer formatting requirements:
- Must be clearly readable - ideally 12 point font with a reasonable degree of color contrast (e.g. black text on a white background, or the same degree of contrast of the background color and the color of the largest text);
- Must be set apart in a separate box and the frame of the box should be the same color as the text so it stands out;
- More information and examples can be found here. The brochure is pretty old but the information is still valid!