Any out-of-pocket expenditure made on behalf of the Humane Party (for example, a volunteer’s personal payment of a booth fee for a Humane Party booth) should be reported to the Humane Party as an “in-kind” contribution. Such contributions will, in turn, be reported by the Humane Party to the appropriate governmental agency.
Exception: expenditures that fall under the “travel exception” (below) do not need to be reported:
- Exempt Travel. An individual may spend up to $2,000 per calendar year on his or her own transportation expenses for party-related travel without making a contribution, and a volunteer may spend unlimited amounts for his or her normal subsistence expenses (food and lodging) while volunteering.
~ Federal Election Commission Guide, 100.79 and 116.5(b)(1).