Any company that wishes to become an official political party must follow different rules. First, national political parties may not take or accept funds from private citizens, only from government sources. Second, national party organizations cannot change their name without special permission from the Secretary of State’s office.
To register as a new party, one will have to submit an application with the secretary of state’s office. After the applicant has filled out all of the necessary forms, the new party will be given a temporary identification number. From this date until a permanent ID card is issued, the new party has the privilege of holding a temporary party title. At the end of this time, the temporary party title is then put on hold and can be used as an election campaign strategy.
To become an official political party, a person has to establish a Political Campaign Committee. The purpose of this committee is to receive federal funds and distribute these funds to the candidates. Before beginning to do this, the committee must obtain approval of the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will review the applicant’s political campaign committee and will determine if the applicant qualifies. This will include looking at the political campaign committee’s financials, records and other documentation. If approved, the applicant will be given an official party registration card.
After the registration is approved, the candidate will be responsible for handling all local political parties’ related issues. This includes all of the official parties’ political advertising and fundraising as well as the party’s general work. A candidate must also handle all of the Party’s correspondence and make sure that the Party and its candidates are represented in every political debate and forum.
Once an individual or a team of individuals has established itself as a Party, it will then begin working to raise funds for the federal candidates that it supports. In most cases, a Party must provide the candidate with a list of the names of donors to help determine how much the Party must raise.
Most local political parties begin fundraising in the last two months of the election cycle. Once the fundraising campaign is over, the party then begins to send out a variety of advertisements regarding their campaigns. In most states, the parties are allowed to run their advertisements on television during prime time hours, but must not include specific hours that are reserved for any specific political candidate. Although there are some states that will only allow their candidates to run an ad during prime time hours, other states allow parties to run ads at any time of the day.