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Can residents contribute money to electoral campaigns?

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Hi!
I'm just curious to know whether non-citizen, lawful permanent residents (in my case, with a 2-year conditional GC) can contribute money to electoral candidates? Is it legal? Are we allowed?
Actual sources would be good. Thanks!

 

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https://www.fec.gov/updates/foreign-nationals/

 

By the way, have you ever heard of Google? The above link came up as the second result when you search for: " Can lawful permanent resident contribute to campaigns?"

 

The Act and Commission regulations include a broad prohibition on foreign national activity in connection with elections in the United States. 52 U.S.C. § 30121 and generally, 11 CFR 110.20. In general, foreign nationals are prohibited from the following activities:

Making any contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or making any expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement in connection with any federal, state or local election in the United States; 
Making any contribution or donation to any committee or organization of any national, state, district, or local political party (including donations to a party nonfederal account or office building account); 
Making any disbursement for an electioneering communication; 
Making any donation to a presidential inaugural committee.

 

The Act does not prohibit individuals with permanent resident status (commonly referred to as “green card holders”) from making contributions or donations in connection with federal, state or local elections, as they are not considered foreign nationals.

 

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10 minutes ago, Catalina Cuqui said:

Are we allowed?

Yes.


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Three bickering posts have been removed.

 

Catalina:  The respondent was not incorrect; a typical response to many questions is "Google is your friend."  The respondent also included great detail that not many other people would have exerted themselves to add.  Please keep that in mind before replying sharply to people who are trying to help you.

 

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