More on Franking

May 6, 2020 Page
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to section 5 of the act of December 18, 1973 (87 Stat. 742; Public Law 93-191), the Rules of Practice in Proceedings before the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards, as hereinafter set forth, have been prescribed and established by the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards at its organizational meeting held on February 4, 1974.
Dec 19, 2019 Press Release
Republican and Democratic lawmakers today praised the release of new Communications Standards by the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards (Franking Commission).
Apr 29, 2019 Page

A Member may not send any unsolicited mass mailing or mass communication less than 90 days immediately before the date of any primary or general election (whether regular, special, or runoff) in which the Member is a candidate for public office.

Please Note: Primaries are subject to change. The General Election Blackout for Members, Delegates and the Resident Commissioner begins August 5, 2020. Some states may have runoff date restrictions.

Apr 29, 2019 Page

Initial Submission

Member offices must submit an Advisory Opinion Request prior to distribution of all unsolicited mass emails via the online portal here. This does not include mass emails send to opted-in/subscriber lists.

The attachment must be submitted as an actual email file (.eml, .msg, etc.) in its final format (send yourself a test email) – as the constituent will view it, with all clickable links activated.

Apr 23, 2019 Page

About the Commission

The House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards is a six-person bipartisan commission whose primary functions include:

  1. Issuing regulations governing the proper use of the franking privilege and other official communications resources

  2. Providing advice and counsel to Members of Congress and House Committees about their mass communications by issuing Advisory Opinions