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Use of Public School Buildings for Political Purposes

The Office of Campaign and Political Finance has issued a Guidance Letter on the uses and limitations of the use of public school buildings for political purposes. School buildings and the adjacent grounds may be used for campaign events so long as the property is equally available to all candidates. There can be no fundraising in or around the egresses to the building. The event, if held in the building, must be free – tickets cannot be sold, contributions cannot be solicited, and contributions cannot even be accepted if freely offered. Tickets may be sold and contributions may be solicited or accepted on the grounds around the public building in areas that do not impede the entry or egress to the building.

Remember, paid municipal employees who are not elected cannot engage in political fundraising at any time, not even outside of working hours.


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