The New Rules for Political Donations

By Rachel Louise Ensign, The Wall Street Journal

The stump speeches might sound familiar, but donating to political causes this presidential election season is different.

That’s because recent court rulings and Federal Election Commission decisions have transformed federal election law, paving the way for new super political-action committees, or super PACs, and re-energized 501(c) organizations to vie for donor dollars with fewer constraints than candidates and political parties. The emergence of these groups has expanded the menu of ways you can support candidates. The choices you make will affect not only how your money is used, but also what sort of disclosure of your contributions you can expect.

Whether you’re a big donor who wants to contribute beyond what you’re allowed to give to candidates and their parties, or a donor of any size looking for a different way to contribute, here’s what you need to know before giving this time around.

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