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The summary reads: “The Commission concluded that skimmerhat’s proposed platform would be permissible under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, (the Act) and Commission regulations.”

And, that’s pretty much that. 

After many, many months of researching, writing, editing, conference-calling, and waiting, the FEC voted 6-0 in favor of skimmerhat’s advisory opinion request. Cue the music and let the bubbly flow.

The AO approval is no small order. Since our business model takes us into Federal elections, dealing with the FEC was an inevitability. And, getting the blessing from the FEC is a huge hurdle in avoiding any sort of future complications with election law. 

So, yeah…we’re pretty stoked. 

If you want to read the final draft of the Advisory Opinion Response, go here for the minutes from the meeting.

Thanks to everybody who made this happen. And, thanks you all of you for your continuing support. 

- Andrew

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A few weeks ago we posted that our long awaited “Advisory Opinion Request” (AOR) with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was finally live and online. Such requests are standard for any person, or organization, that will be taking actions that may fall under regulations set forth by the FEC regarding elections. It’s a interesting and fascinating process, and can save you a lot of headaches (and fines) by making sure everything is kosher before you, say, build a business. 

Well, we just got word today that the FEC’s general counsel has presented a draft version of the Advisory Opinion (AO). And, it was great, great news for us. Essentially everything we plan to do is permissible under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), and is — really — about everything we could have hoped for. 

Needless to say, we’re doing a little bit of a “happy dance” right now. 

To read a copy of the draft(s), you can download the .pdf here

The FEC will be taking public comment on the draft AO, and then will have a public hearing we’re skimmerhat will be participating remotely, and answering any questions the Commissioners may have regarding the facts of our plan. This is scheduled to take place on Aug. 2. Then, after that, they will vote on whether to approve one of the two drafts (the difference between the two being if skimmerhat must charge candidates a fee for access to manage their candidate profiel; one says we do, the other says we don’t). We expect to hear back officially the second week in August. 

So, cross your fingers the good news keeps coming in. And, thanks again for all your support.