When it comes to running your political campaign, it’s important to maintain control over your data. Realize that a conflict of interests between a political candidate and their party when it comes to data and CRM solutions. The candidate and the party share a common ‘target market’ - voters in your respective area.
This article is primarily aimed at people who are considering running for public office, but the information can be used to form any type of political committee. For example, you don't have to be a candidate running for office, you can be a group of concerned citizens who care about a specific political issue.
Hopefuly this article will help streamline that process because I just had to learn and jump through all of these hoops in the last 2 months. This article will be most applicable to state-level positions but the same approach will work for county and municipal, you'll just be filing your reports with a different office, as I understand.
Can't I run as an individual instead of forming a committee?
Yes, technically you can. And if you take in and spend less than $250 there is a special one-page form that can save you a lot of headaches. That "under $250" form can also be utilized by a campaign committee but I would imagine most will need to use the long form.
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