What is the church or community room exception for candidates?

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.


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