A A A Innovation in Fundraising TabsetOverviewBecause campaign finance is competitive and the costs of elections are growing, Arent Fox’s Political Law Practice is able to give political committees a unique and confidential advantage by exploring creative new ways to raise contributions. This includes texting, promotions and charitable contribution and Super PACs. Texting In 2012, Arent Fox created the ability for political committees to receive contributions from texted messages working with our Communications, Technology and Mobile practice. Our victory reversed an adverse decision by the FEC which previously prohibited the practice. The approved technology was immediately used by the Obama for America presidential campaign, which received millions of dollars in texted contributions. The ability to make a political contribution via text messaging was a product of Craig Engle winning a complicated, and at times contentious, Advisory Opinion Request at the FEC. Craig was able to marshal the support of the Obama and Romney campaigns, plus a dozen liberal and conservative groups, all of whom wanted the American public to take advantage of this new ability to contribute through text messaging. It is our opinion that in the future every campaign must have a short-code to receive contributions via text message. Just as with contributions over the Internet, soon every credible campaign must have the ability to accept texted contributions. No other firm is as well-qualified to guide you through this process. Sweepstakes and Charitable Matching Program Arent Fox has well-established Advertising, Promotions and Data Security and Promotions, Sweepstakes & Contests practices encompassing all aspects of running a fundraising sweepstakes or contest, from initial conception to post-promotion activities. Political committees are more frequently using sweepstakes or charitable matching programs as a way to attract contributions. Arent Fox’s professionals can assist in the fundraising, political communications, and legal aspects of running these promotions. Super PACs Arent Fox created one of the first single-member 527s which have become particularly known as “Super PACs”. Since Citizens United, the Political Law Practice has helped establish and operate over 25 Super PACs with a total value of over $50 million. Because these PACs are controversial and heavily regulated, we want donors and managers to be assured of the law filings of their committee’s operations. Arent Fox attorneys have helped companies design and implement internal political compliance and training programs. These programs help train employees and executives in large corporations in how they can comply with lobbying, ethics, and campaign finance laws such as personal contribution limits, federal gift rules, and lobbying disclosure triggers.