When you make a donation on WinRed, you are donating to a specific candidate or organization, but your donation will first pass through the WinRed PAC for federal committees. For state level committees, WinRed Technical Services is used as a vendor to process donations.
Federal Level Committees
How your donation goes from WinRed PAC to the candidate or organization
The WinRed PAC is a conduit PAC, meaning it only passes donations along to the intended recipient. Therefore, your donation is directly going to support the candidates or organizations you want to, not to the PAC.
WinRed is required by law to forward your contribution to the candidate or organization within 10 days of receiving it.
How to verify your donation made it
We are legally required to pass along every donation to the intended candidate or organization, but if you'd like to verify for yourself you can do one of two things:
- Ask the candidate or organization
We are required by law to pass funds on to the candidates you’ve allocated your donation to within 10 days, but most organizations receive payouts much sooner.
- FEC Records
Your donation made through WinRed will appear on the FEC’s website once the candidates and organizations you contributed through WinRed file their report. Please note this is updated only when that candidate or organization has to file their FEC reporting.
State Level Committees
WinRed Technical Services will require any nonfederal candidate or committee wanting to utilize the WinRed Technical Services platform to raise funds into its own merchant account; such funds will not be earmarked (as that term is understood in 11 CFR § 110.6(b)(1)) through WinRed, the federal political action committee (“PAC”) associated with the platform.
Thus, any funds received by nonfederal candidates and committees through the WRTS platform will be deposited directly into the candidate or committee’s merchant account, and the candidate or committee will serve as the merchant of record for credit card payments. Funds will not be commingled with any other WinRed user’s funds and will not be conduited through the WinRed federal PAC.