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Campaign Finance Guide
Section 9: Identification of Campaign Literature

What is Campaign Literature?
(DC Official Code § 1-1102.10)

Campaign literature is defined as any printed matter distributed with the intent to support or oppose candidates, initiatives, referenda, or recall measures and includes:

  • Newspaper or Magazine Advertising
  • Posters
  • Circulars
  • Billboards
  • Handbills
  • Buttons
  • Bumper Stickers
  • Sample Ballots
  • Initiative, Referendum or Recall Petitions
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Match Covers
  • Key Chains

Identification of Campaign Literature
(DC Official Code §§ 1-1102.01 and 1-1102.10)

All campaign literature and advertisements soliciting funds must reference on the face or front page of the materials that “a copy of our report is filed with the Director of Campaign Finance.”

Campaign literature must be identified by the words “paid for by” followed by the name and address of the payer or the committee or other person and its treasurer on whose behalf the materials appear.

Things to Remember

  • All campaign literature and advertisements must be properly identified.