Battle PAC Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, it is! Battle PAC is officially filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as a non-connected independent expenditure-only political committee, also known as a Super PAC. Battle PAC has a perfect compliance record. Here is a link to our FEC registration page
Battle PAC contests are time-bound fundraising contests in which the candidate with the most money raised in the Battle PAC Winner-Take-All contest at the end of the fundraising period, will have the collective sum raised by all candidates in that contest spent in support of their candidacy.
  • Click on the donate button
  • Choose the race and candidate you want to support
  • Determine how much you want to donate and complete the payment details
  • Keep track of your favorite candidate’s progress with the Battle PAC data visualizations
U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent U.S. Resident (Green Card holder) and other groups or business entities, including corporations and unions. However, federal political committees, including Super PACs, are prohibited from accepting contributions from foreign nationals, federal government contractors or national banks.
As much as you like.  There is no limit.
As often as you like.  There is no limit.
Contributions or gifts to Battle PAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes and will be used in connection with federal elections.
  • Democratic Primary Contests: 10:00:00 PM EST on Monday February 11, 2020
  • Republican Primary Contests: 10:00:00 PM EST on Monday February 11, 2020
  • General Election Contest: 10:00:00 PM EST on Monday September 14, 2020
No. The contest, data visualizations, results, and winner are all based solely on money contributed through the Battle PAC Platform.

The funds will be used to support the candidate’s campaign efforts. However, campaign finance law prohibits Super PACs from giving funds directly to the candidate’s campaign.

Under campaign finance law, Super PACs can accept unlimited contributions and spend an unlimited amount supporting or opposing federal election candidates, but they cannot directly donate to federal candidates or parties.

From the Federal Election Commission: “Independent expenditures represent spending by individuals, groups, political committees, corporations or unions expressly advocating the election or defeat of clearly identified federal candidates. These expenditures may not be made in concert or cooperation with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate, the candidate's campaign or a political party”

For these reasons, Battle PAC will provide the Winner-Take-All contest winning candidate’s funds to the Super PAC which supports their candidacy which will, in turn, spend the money supporting that candidate.

Donated funds associated with each Winner-Take-All contest will be held by Battle PAC until the conclusion of each Winner-Take-All contest.

Once a contest is complete and a winner has been determined, Battle PAC will deduct the administrative and operating expenses necessary to build, maintain, and continuously improve the Battle PAC platform.

Battle PAC will then contribute the remaining funds to the Super PAC (non-connected independent expenditure-only political committee) which supports the Winner-Take-All contest winning candidate. In other words, Battle PAC will contribute the funds to the Super PAC which supports the Winner-Take-All contest winner’s candidacy.

To provide a fictional example, if Battle PAC had run a Winner-Take-All contest in the 2016 US Presidential Election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, there would have been two possible outcomes depending on who raised the most money in the contest:

  • If Donald Trump won by raising the most money in the Battle PAC Winner-Take-All Contest, Battle PAC would have contributed the funds to the Rebuilding American Now PAC which supported Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign
  • If Hillary Clinton won by raising the most money in the Battle PAC Winner-Take-All Contest, Battle PAC would have contributed the funds to the Priorities USA PAC which supported Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign

If the candidate who wins the Battle PAC Winner-Take-All contest has more than one non-connected independent expenditure-only political committee (Super PAC) supporting their candidacy, Battle PAC will contribute the contest funds to the committee with the highest 'Total Receipts' total for the current election cycle as reported in the most recent quarter's FEC filing

The Battle PAC money can still be spent in support of whatever candidate wins each contest. Candidates cannot control the creation of non-connected independent expenditure-only political committees (Super PACs) or how and when they spend their money. So, while a candidate might be anti-PAC, their supporters could still create a Super PAC and spend money supporting their candidacy.
Battle PAC's goal is to be transparent and fair regarding where and how funds raised through Battle PAC contests are spent. All expenses will also be included in Battle PAC's publicly available quarterly FEC reports. We will update this list with changes as they occur.
Operating Expenses include but are not limited to:
  • Payment processing: Battle PAC is working with Qgiv, a well-established and bi-partisan fundraising platform, which handles Battle PAC's payment processing and donation forms
  • FEC Compliance, Reporting, and Treasury Services: Battle PAC is working with Aristotle, Inc., a bi-partisan political services provider to ensure 100% FEC compliance through proper disclosure and reporting.
  • Legal Services: Legal services will be required on an ad hoc basis. Battle PAC will use the services of a bi-partisan law practice specializing in campaign finance law when necessary.
  • Note that all expenses will be properly reported to the FEC and made available in the public domain.

The candidate who wins each Battle PAC Winner-Take-All contest will have the pool of Battle PAC funds contributed to the primary Super PAC supporting their candidacy.

This provides adequate time for the money raised to be effectively spent in support of the winning candidate prior to their election day.

The Presidential Primary Battle PAC contests end on February 11, 2020. This allows the funds to be spent supporting the winner leading up to and beyond Super Tuesday (March 3, 2020)

That money will still go to the eventual winner of the contest. The candidate you supported with a contribution will no longer be eligible to win that Battle PAC Winner-Take-All fundraising contest once he/she has dropped out.
All of the funds will be spent in support of the candidate who has raised the most money AND is still actively running in their political race. Therefore, If the candidate who raises the most money in a Battle PAC Winner-Take-All contest is no longer an active candidate in their election at the conclusion of the Battle PAC contest, they will not be considered the winner. The winner in that scenario will be the candidate who raised the most funds and is still an active candidate.
A 24-hour overtime contest will be setup between only the candidates who tied for first place in the regulation contest. The winner of the 24-hour overtime contest will receive the support of all funds raised during both the original contest and the 24-hour overtime contest. If the overtime contest ends in another tie, additional 24-hour overtime contests will be run until a winner is determined.
  • 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary: Candidates who have qualified for at least one official 2020 Democratic Debate AND are still running for the party's nomination
  • 2020 Republican Presidential Primary: ‘Notable Declared Candidates’ as listed by Ballotpedia, a nonprofit and nonpartisan online political encyclopedia written by a staff of researchers and writers
  • 2020 General Presidential Election: candidates included on enough state ballots to have a mathematically possible chance of winning enough electoral college votes to win the election
No. Once you have donated towards a candidate, that selection cannot be changed. You are, however, welcome to donate as much and as often as you like to as many candidates as you wish.
This is required by the FEC for all non-connected independent expenditure-only political committee (Super PACs)
No. Battle PAC is a neutral and non-partisan fundraising platform. Battle PAC’s top priority is building and maintaining integrity and user-trust. We can only do this by consistently fulfilling the will of our donors.
Battle PAC will remove the ability to contribute towards those candidates in their contest as quickly as possible (within 24 hours). Donors will be able to contribute towards the candidate in the contest until Battle PAC has removed them.
The funds will still be included in the contest pool and end up supporting the candidacy of that Battle PAC Winner-Take-All contest winner.
The funds will be included in the contest pool and end up supporting the candidacy of that Battle PAC Winner-Take-All contest winner.
The pool of contest funds will support the candidate who has raised the most funds in the contest. ‘No Preference’ is not considered a candidate and therefore cannot be the winner of a contest.

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