Campaign and Committee Manual

For Citizens for an Open and Honest Government Supporting Dan Mielke for Congress.



This manual is designed to eliminate the potential for violations of FEC rules governing my campaign.

All volunteers need to review the manual and comply with all regulations from the FEC which are found in the manual, its updates and from the concerns from the candidate   

Dan Mielke.






The 2008 FEC Manual

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2010 updates

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Specific concerns from the Candidate

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Specific concerns from the candidate


Because of the huge size and complexity of the manual we have created this addendum dealing with specific areas where volunteers need to be especially cautious.


Sale and Use of Campaign Information

Published in September 1992




The Federal Election Commission has written this brochure to help committees and the general public make full use of the information filed under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) [PDF] and to encourage voluntary compliance with the law. The brochure explains the proper and improper uses of information contained in reports and statements filed under the Act.


The Restriction

Reports and statements filed by political committees may be inspected and copied by anyone. The names and addresses of individual contributors, however, may not be sold or used for any commercial purpose or to solicit any type of contribution or donation, such as political or charitable contributions. 2 U.S.C. §438(a)(4) [PDF]; 11 CFR 104.15. This restriction applies to Federal reports and statements filed in Washington, as well as in each state. Any person who violates this restriction is subject to the penalties of 2 U.S.C. §437g [PDF].

Congress created this restriction to protect the privacy of individual contributors (Advisory Opinions (AOs) 1981-38, 1980-101 and 1980-78).

Note: This restriction applies only to the use of individual contributor information, not to the use of names and addresses of political committees. Commercial vendors may compile and sell the names of political committees. AO 1980-101.


The Exception

The "sale and use" restriction does not, however, apply to the use of individual contributor information in newspapers, magazines, books or similar communications, as long as the principal purpose of the communication is not to solicit contributions or to conduct a commercial activity. 11 CFR 104.15(c).


Permissible Uses

Applying the "sale and use" rule in a series of advisory opinions. the Commission concluded that the following activities were permissible:

  • The use of individual contributor information for "bona fide" academic research projects that do not involve the sale or use of that information for a commercial purpose or for soliciting contributions. AO 1986-25.
  • A candidate's use of the names and addresses of individual contributors disclosed on the reports of an unauthorized political committee in order to inform the contributors that the candidate did not authorize the committee to solicit them. AO 1984-2.
  • A candidate's use of the names and addresses of individual contributors to an opponent's campaign in order to respond to alleged defamatory charges made against the candidate. AO 1981-5.
  • The posting of campaign finance reports (including lists of contributors), filed by Federal PACs, on bulletin boards of an incorporated membership organization in order to provide information to members. AO 1988-2
  • A business's use of the names and addresses of candidates to solicit them as potential clients. AO 1983-44.
  • The use of the names and addresses of candidates, campaign workers, campaign consultants, and others who provide services to political committees in order to solicit newsletter subscriptions or to obtain leads for news articles. AO 1981-38.
  • The use of any information (other than information on individual contributors) in a directory of PACs to be sold commercially. AO 1980-101.
  • The sale of pages copied from FEC reports as long as the pages do not disclose information on individual contributors. AO 1989-19.
  • Candidates' use, in their solicitation materials, of campaign expenditure data reported by other candidates. AO 1980-78.

Impermissible Uses

In other advisory opinions, the Commission determined that the following uses of information were not permissible:

  • The use of the names of individual contributors to verify names included on a commercial list. AO 1985-16.
  • The use, for solicitation purposes, of a committee's list of individual contributors copied, even with the permission of the committee, from the committee's campaign finance reports. AO 1979-3.


Committee's Contributor List

The sale and use restriction does not prevent a committee from compiling its own list of contributors and distributing it to others. Subject to other applicable requirements of the Act, a committee may donate, sell, rent or trade its contributor list to other committees and organizations. See, for example, AOs 1982-41 and 1981-53.



A political committee's mail list is one of its most valuable assets. In order to protect this asset, FEC rules provide a method of detecting whether the names and addresses of individual contributors are being used illegally. A political committee may sprinkle throughout or "salt" each report with up to ten fictitious names. 11 CFR 104.3(e).

Salting can be done by taking a portion of the subtotal for unitemized contributions and allocating it, as itemized contributions, among several fictitious contributors. The committee itemizes each fictitious contribution on a Schedule A, providing a real address (such as the address of a committee worker) for each fictitious contributor. The committee must adjust its subtotals for itemized and unitemized contributions accordingly on the Detailed Summary Page. If a solicitation or commercial mailing is sent to one of the fictitious names, the committee will know that someone has illegally used the names of contributors disclosed on it reports. The committee may file a complaint with the FEC.

When a committee uses fictitious names on a report, the list of fictitious contributions should be sent under separate cover directly to the Commission's Reports Analysis Division (not the Secretary of the Senate or the appropriate State filing office) on or before the date the report containing the fictitious names is filed. The fictitious names will be maintained by the Commission and will not become part of the public record.


Warning for Treasurers

Treasurers are responsible for ensuring that the mail lists they lease or purchase have not been derived in violation of the sale and use restriction.


Filing a Complaint

If you believe the sale and use restriction has been violated, you may file a complaint with the FEC. Send the Commission a letter explaining why you (the complainant) believe the law may have been violated. Describe the specific facts, circumstances and names of the individuals or organizations responsible (the respondents).

Your complaint should also indicate which allegations are based on personal knowledge and which ones are based on outside sources (for example, newspaper articles). The letter must be signed, sworn to and notarized. Consult the brochure Filing a Complaint.


How much can I contribute?

Some of the contribution limits set forth in the federal campaign finance laws are adjusted every election cycle to account for changes in the consumer price index (CPI). In odd-numbered years, the FEC publishes the adjusted limits immediately after it receives the CPI figures from the Department of Labor -- typically in February or March. Until then, the Commission encourages donors not to exceed the limits for the previous election cycle. The chart below lists the limits for the current election cycle. A more detailed version of this chart is available as a stand-alone HTML table or a PDF table, suitable for printing.

Contribution Limits 2009-10


To each candidate or candidate committee per election

To national party committee per calendar year

To state, district & local party committee per calendar year

To any other political committee per calendar year1

Special Limits

may give



$10,000 (combined limit)


$115,500* overall biennial limit:

  • $45,600* to all candidates
  • $69,900* to all PACs and parties2

National Party Committee
may give


No limit

No limit


$42,600* to Senate candidate per campaign3

State, District & Local Party Committee
may give

$5,000 (combined limit)

No limit

No limit


No limit

PAC (multicandidate)4
may give



$5,000 (combined limit)


No limit

(not multicandidate) may give



$10,000 (combined limit)


No limit

Authorized Campaign Committee
may give


No limit

No limit


No limit

* These contribution limits are indexed for inflation.
1. A contribution earmarked for a candidate through a political committee counts against the original contributor's limit for that candidate. In certain circumstances, the contribution may also count against the contributor's limit to the PAC. 11 CFR 110.6. See also 11 CFR 110.1(h).
2. No more than $45,600 of this amount may be contributed to state and local party committees and PACs.
3. This limit is shared by the national committee and the national Senate campaign committee.
4. A multicandidate committee is a political committee with more than 50 contributors which has been registered for at least 6 months and, with the exception of state party committees, has made contributions to 5 or more candidates for federal office. 11 CFR 100.5(e)(3).
5. A federal candidate's authorized committee(s) may contribute no more than $2,000 per election to another federal candidate's authorized committee(s). 11 CFR 102.12(c)(2).

Can non-US citizens contribute?

Foreign nationals are prohibited from making any contributions or expenditures in connection with any election in the U.S. Please note, however, that "green card" holders (i.e., individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the U.S.) are not considered foreign nationals and, as a result, may contribute. For additional information, consult our "Foreign Nationals" brochure.

What are some other ways I can support a candidate?

The Federal Election Campaign Act and FEC regulations include a number of provisions intended to encourage individuals to become involved in campaigns.  For example, an individual can provide volunteer services to a candidate or party without considering the value of those service a contribution to the candidate or party. Individuals may also make independent expenditures supporting or opposing candidates, and may finance electioneering communications. However, both of these activities are subject to special reporting requirements. For more information on volunteering and other ways of supporting candidates, consult our Citizens Guide [PDF].

In-Kind Contributions


Goods or services offered free or at less than the usual charge result in an in-kind contribu­tion. Similarly, when a person pays for services on the committee’s behalf, the payment is an in-kind contribution. 100.52(d)(1) and 100.111(e)(1). An expenditure made by any person in cooperation, consultation or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate’s campaign is also considered an in-kind contribution to the candidate. 109.20(a). See Appendix D, Communications.


The value of an in-kind contribution—the usual and normal charge—counts against the same contribution limit as a gift of money. Additionally, like any other contribution, in-kind contribu­tions count against the contributor’s limit for the next election, unless they are otherwise designated. See Chapter 4, section 4 for more information on designating contributions. 100.52(d)(1), 100.54 and 100.111(e)(1).


Goods (such as facilities, equipment, sup­plies or mailing lists) are valued at the price the item or facility would cost if purchased or rented at the time the contribution is made. For example, if someone donates a personal computer to the campaign, the contribu­tion equals the ordinary market price of the computer at the time of the contribution.

Services (such as advertising, printing or con­sultant services) are valued at the prevailing commercial rate at the time the services are rendered. 100.52(d)(2) and 100.111(e)(2).

Notifying Recipient

The contributor needs to notify the recipient candidate committee of the value of an in-kind contribution. The recipient needs this information in order to monitor the contributor’s aggregate contributions and to report the correct amount.

In-Kind Contributions Designated for More Than One Election in an Election Cycle

In AO 1996-29, the Commission determined that the value of an in-kind contribution of used computer equipment, received before the primary and designated in writing by the contributors for all elections in the cycle, could, in fact, be allocated among all elections in the same election cycle. The contribution was distinguishable from the type of in-kind contribution that is used for one particular election (such as printing or mailing costs related to a general election fundraiser). If the candidate had lost the primary election, the committee would have had to refund the amount designated for the general election (in this case, the candidate was active in each election within the election cycle). The total value of the contribution could not exceed the contributor’s combined limit for all the elections in the cycle. The Commission did not address the issue of allocating an in-kind contribution over more than one election cycle.



                                                                                                                                                                                 "The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much. " - Ronald Reagan

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“Our founding fathers built a nation on the principle that our country would be governed by the people themselves. To allow a representative to remain in office for 41 years creates the very problem our forefathers tried to prevent.” -Dan Mielke


Dan Mielke


·      Born January 14, 1954

·      Married Robin Cross on August 21, 1976

·      3 adult children, Andrea, Adam, Amy

·      Grandpa to two boys Grant and Patrick

·      Worked in factories for 5 years, both union and non-union

·      Self-employed since 1979

·      Business experience: urban arboriculture, food processing, house moving, home appraisal,  organic/sustainable vegetable and berry farm, and general construction. 

   He also served 19 years as a consultant in the house moving industry in an effort to protect roadside trees from esthetic damage during the moving process. He also worked in the fight against Oak Wilt and Dutch Elm disease.  

·      Co-Founder and founding president on the board of directors for “Midwest Organic Services Association”, an international certifying agency for the organic farming industry, located in Wisconsin.

·      USDA SARE grant recipient for doing research in high tunnel agriculture as a means to increase productivity in produce and berry farming.  

·      Facilitator for the Stevens Point Farmers Market.

·      Dan is a strong advocate of  “buy local, buy fresh”, an effort to help small farm families increase the profitability of their farms in a world where farmers have been losing out to corporate farming practices.

·      Has been an aggressive proponent for the protection of property rights and served as a public speaker throughout the state in this regards.

·      Has been a promoter of sustainable agriculture serving on the USDA SARE grant review committee and as an educator in the field of sustainable farming practices.

·      Has been a strong advocate for constitutional government and has been publicly active over the years in fighting for the protection of our Constitutional rights and freedoms.

§      He was instrumental in creating an elected county executive position in Portage County verses the un-elected position the county was trying to install.

§      Has fought for years to protect our property rights during the Wisconsin’s comprehensive planning process.

§      As a certified tax assessor, Dan has stood for fairness and equity regarding property taxes often rocking the boat for both local and state government.  This effort has brought him criticism by some, but the majority of the taxpayers have seen a reduction in their property taxes due to his efforts. His desire for equity and fairness has affected both Democrats and Republicans alike.

·      Dan was a co-founder of “Citizens for an Open and Honest Government,” a political action committee that has been instrumental in encouraging government to be transparent and honest in its dealings.  The committee is active in seeking candidates to challenge political incumbents so that the voters have a choice on Election Day.


Dan Mielke’s real life experience give him an advantage 

in understanding how we think and feel.

That’s why we need him in Washington D.C.

Contributions should be made out to Mielke for Congress and sent to 

Mielke for Congress, 2550 County Road II, Rudolph, WI 5


Paid for by Mielke for Congress, Robin Mielke, Treasurer 715-344-4104