Charles Lollar’s Missing In-Kind Contribution
DGA [Dealers Greatest Asset] is not the campaign. Trust me on this, the campaign would be a lot more fun. It’s still a good job though. Working for DGA does make it easier to take time out to help with the campaign, sure, but they don’t generally comp me for that.
For the week on the bus though, they were nice enough to cover that for me, mostly since I’m broke and doing the best I can with what I have. Missing a week of work puts a downer on the monies, you know? So that was very nice of them. [Emphasis mine]
An in-kind contribution is a contribution given to a political committee in a form other than money. Normally, there are two types of transaction that may be considered an in-kind contribution: (1) a contribution given to a political committee in non-monetary form (e.g. services or property); or (2) a coordinated expenditure made on behalf of the candidate where the candidate knows of and consents to the expenditures. In-kind contributions include items, services, goods and anything of value provided to the political committee. The amount of an in-kind contribution is the fair market value of the item or items (at the time of the contribution).
Services provided to a campaign for free or at a reduced cost will also be considered an in-kind contribution unless permitted as an individual’s volunteer activity for a campaign. The contribution limits do not apply when an individual volunteers his or her own time to a campaign, or uses the individual’s personal vehicle to provide transportation incident to an election. §13-233(1) of the Election Law Article.
An individual is not considered a volunteer when a business or other person compensates the individual, directly or indirectly, for working on behalf of the campaign.[Emphasis mine]