Exploratory committee

Exploratory committee

In the election politics of the United States, an exploratory committee is an organization established to help determine whether a potential candidate should run for an elected office. They are most often cited in reference to United States Presidential hopefuls, prior to the primaries.

Exploratory committees may be governed by law. For example, the District of Columbia legally defines "Exploratory Committees" as (in DC Official Code § 1-1101.01(6)(B)(vi)):

Exploratory, draft or "testing the waters" committees are formed solely for the purpose of determining the feasibility of an individual’s candidacy for office. The activities of exploratory committees may include polling, travel, and telephone calls to determine whether the individual should become a candidate.

Ron Elving adeptly describes the use of exploratory committees in his article, " [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6581302 Declaring for President is a Dance of Seven Veils] ," which aired on National Public Radio on December 5, 2006. He writes:

The exploratory committee has been around for decades, and technically it creates a legal shell for a candidate who expects to spend more than $5,000 while contemplating an actual run. Under the rules, exploratory money may be raised without the full disclosure of sources required of true candidates. Only when the candidate drops the exploratory label does the full responsibility of transparency apply.

Candidates use an exploratory committee as not only a transitional phase for their bookkeeping but as an extra claim on media attention. Some of the most skillful handlers like to leak word that their candidate is testing the waters, then leak word that he or she is thinking about forming an exploratory committee. Additional "news" can be made when the same candidate actually forms such a committee and registers with the Federal Election Commission. Yet a fourth round of attention may be generated when the word exploratory gets dropped from the committee filing. [ [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6581302 NPR: Declaring for President is a Dance of Seven Veils ] ]


External links

* [http://www.fec.gov/press/bkgnd/pres_cf/exploratory.html Testing the Waters and Campaign Committees] (Press Release) "Federal Election Commission" (no date)
* [http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/candidate_registration_brochure.pdf Candidate Registration Brochure] "Federal Election Commission," March 2005, revised March 2007.

* [http://ocf.dc.gov/cfg/cfg_sec6.shtm District of Columbia Campaign Finance Guide]

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