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Rock the Vote?

When you're trying to help get a candidate elected, noncompliance with campaign rules can cost your business a lot more than just a fat donation check.

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This story appears in the June 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It's an election year, and people are getting worried. Can your favorite candidate win? What would happen to your business if the wrong person took office? Is there anything you can do to help the campaign?

Before you commit your business to financial, volunteer or in-kind contributions, know the law. The Federal Election Campaign Act, designed to prohibit influence peddling, strictly regulates who can help finance a campaign for federal office and by how much. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 tightened some rules, loosened others and made everything more complicated.

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