How can I Prepare and Send Campaign Mail?

 

Political Campaign Mail

  • What is Political Campaign Mail?

    Political Campaign Mail is any piece mailed for political campaign purposes by a registered political candidate, a campaign committee, or a committee of a political party to promote political candidates, referendums, or political campaigns. This mail can be sent at commercial First-Class Mail or USPS Marketing Mail™ (formerly Standard Mail®), prices and may qualify for Nonprofit USPS Marketing Mail® prices (DMM 703.1.6.11).The following is further information on Political Campaign Mail:

    • Mail meeting this definition is considered Political Campaign Mail regardless of whether the election is partisan or nonpartisan.

    • A brochure promoting the candidacy of one or more registered candidates for elected office on the local, state, or federal levels is a common example of a Political Campaign Mailpiece.

    • Political Campaign Mailpieces may bear an endorsement required by federal or state law that is similar to: “Paid for by the committee to elect John Smith and authorized by John Smith.”

    • Mail from organizations, such as labor unions, religious groups, retiree organizations, and others that endorse specific candidates or political issues or engage in issue advocacy or voter mobilization, is not Political Campaign Mail. However, it is considered “political message mail” and can be accepted as Political Campaign Mail.

    • Additional resources for Political Campaign Mailings are referenced in the Political Mail page at USPS.com.

    • Mail from organizations, such as labor unions, religious groups, retiree organizations, and others that endorse specific candidates or political issues or engage in issue advocacy or voter mobilization, is not Political Campaign Mail. However, it is considered “political message mail” and can be accepted as Political Campaign Mail.

 

Campaign Mail – Using Tag 57

  • What is Tag 57?

    Tag 57, Political Campaign Mailing, is a red container tag designed to provide visibility to Political Campaign Mail while in the mailstream. Tag 57 is only intended to be used to identify trays and sacks Political Campaign Mail sent by political candidates, campaign committees, Political Action Committees (PACs), Super-PACs, organizations engaging in issue advocacy or voter mobilization, or committees of a political party to promote political candidates, referendums, or political campaigns. Tag 57 is not to be used for any other purpose.
    Reg tag with "POLITICAL CAMPAIGN MAILING" in big letters with "THIS TAG TO BE RE-USED" in smaller letters.

  • Who qualifies to use Tag 57, Political Campaign Mailing?

    Materials mailed via First-Class Mail® or

    USPS Marketing Mail® services for political campaign purposes by a registered political candidate, campaign committee, committee of a political party, Political Action Committee (PAC), Super-PAC, or organization engaging in issue advocacy or voter mobilization that is conducting a political message mailing. This includes any public election – partisan or nonpartisan - for which there is a ballot.

  • A lot of mail looks like Political Campaign Mail. What kinds of pieces are not considered to be Political Campaign Mail?

    Mail from organizations, such as labor unions, religious groups, retiree associations, and those that endorse specific candidates or political issues is not Political Campaign Mail. However, this mail is considered "political messag

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