Campaign Activity

Q.  Can House staff engage in campaign activity?

A. With the approval of their employing Member, House employees generally may engage in campaign activity outside congressional offices or facilities, on personal time, and not using House resources.  Campaign activity by House staff is, however, subject to a number of restrictions which should be carefully reviewed by any House employee wishing to engage in campaign activity. These restrictions are set forth in the House Ethics Manual, pp. 135-151.

Q.  Am I allowed to make a campaign contribution to my employing Member?

A. No.  A federal criminal law prohibits House employees from making campaign contributions to their employing Member.  Similarly, House employees generally should not make any “outlays” from personal funds for the benefit of the campaign, even if reimbursed by the campaign. For complete information, see House Ethics Manual, pp. 137-40.


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