Ordinarily, a contribution occurs when money or anything of value is contributed to a candidate, including services, which encompasses the use of space to host campaign meetings and rallies. There is an exception for when a volunteer secures the use of a church or community room for a candidate function. No contributions result when someone secures the space, provided that the space is used on a regular basis by members of the community for non-commercial purposes and is available for the use by members of the community without regard to political affiliation.
Ben Palkowski is an attorney and CPA who focuses his practice on business consulting, with emphasis upon tax and campaign finance. Ben previously worked as an attorney and lobbyist at a large northern New England law firm representing Fortune 500 corporations and trade associations. Prior to that, Ben worked as a legislative director for a state employee labor union and in numerous positions in political organizations. Learn more about Ben and his services at BenPalkowski.com or ElectionLawCPA.com.