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Ordinary and necessary expenses related only to the following types of advertisements are reimbursable:

Ordinary and necessary expenses related only to the following types of advertisements are reimbursable:

1. Notice of personal appearance of the Member at an official event, which the Member sponsors and hosts in support of the conduct of the Member's official and representational duties to the district from which he or she is elected.

2. Notice relating to the nominating process to the U.S. Military Academies.

3. Notice relating to officially sanctioned competitions

4. Notice of employee and internship openings.

5. Notice of the address, location, and contact information (including web presence), and email for the Member's congressional offices.

6. Notice of town hall meetings (physical and virtual).

  • The Member’s photo or likeness is permissible in an advertisement promoting the live virtual meeting itself, while it is being held, on the corresponding platform.

7. Notice relating to a Member’s Representational Program (as defined in the Office Expenses section of the Members’ Congressional Handbook).

8. Notice of a “legislative update,” defined as one, or a combination, of the following (extraneous language is prohibited):

  • The name of the bill as originally cosponsored by the Member;
  • How the Member voted on a bill; and
  • The aggregate House vote tally on a bill.

9. Notice of constituent services available through the Member's congressional office(s) including, but not limited to:

  • Assistance in contacting and working with federal, state, or local agencies (casework);
  • Information regarding visiting the U.S. Capitol & available congressional tours;
  • How to request a presidential greeting or congressional acknowledgement (e.g., citizenship, public distinction, community service);
  • How to participate in a survey related to the Member's official and representational duties;
  • How to request a U.S. flag flown over the U.S. Capitol; and/or
  • How to subscribe to the Member's e-communications program(s).

Advertisements, along with the embedded links and landing pages associated with them, will be subject to review by the Franking Commission for an Advisory Opinion. The FCC disclaimer is not required for online advertisements and relevant photos are permissible.

Online advertisements may link directly to any “dot-gov” or “House of Representatives hosted” website, so long as the content of the landing page is compliant with both the website content regulations (Members’ Congressional Handbook) and the person or party criticism regulations (Franking Manual). This includes issue specific pages and other non-advertisement category landing pages. The content of the advertisement itself must comply with the advertisement categories listed above.

Advertisements are subject to Franking blackout dates except in cases of the Congressional Art Competition, Officially-sanctioned Competitions, Military Academy nominations, employment listings, and information in the event of a disaster.

Contact the Franking Commission at x59337.

There are restrictions on mass communications within 90 days of an election.

Advertisements may not contain a photo or likeness of the Member.