Campaign Verify is a non-partisan, nonprofit service for U.S. political campaigns, parties, and PACs to verify their identity.

Identity verification with Campaign Verify ensures that U.S. political entities are not improperly spoofed when they use digital and telecom services to communicate with voters.

U.S. political entities who file with a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal election authority can use Campaign Verify to verify their identity.

Campaign Verify is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve trust in our elections. It was formed in collaboration with U.S. wireless carriers.

How does it work?

Getting verified by Campaign Verify is an easy process:

1. Find your filing record online

Locate your committee's filing record with the FEC or relevant election authority. Copy the URL, and make sure you have access to check the email inbox or postal mailbox that’s listed on the filing.

2. Submit your information to Campaign Verify

Sign into Campaign Verify with your email address or Google account. Fill in the information on the filing record, including the URL, and pay the applicable fee for the verification.

3. Get your secret PIN code

Once you submit, a Campaign Verify staff member will verify your information. Once approved, you will receive a secret PIN code sent to the email address or mailing address listed on your filing record.

4. Generate a token, or upload your numbers

Once you log back into Campaign Verify and enter your PIN code, you will be able to generate secure authorization tokens to provide to your text messaging service provider.

5. Start texting!

Your text messaging service providers, and companies involved in wireless messaging system, can use your verified information to help prevent spoofing and ensure trust in political text messaging.

FAQ

What types of political campaigns or committees can request verification by Campaign Verify?
Any candidate, party, PAC, or other committee that is a 527 tax-exempt organization and registered with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) or a State, Local, or Tribal Election Authority is eligible to obtain verification through Campaign Verify.
501(c)(3) organizations, 501(c)(4) organizations, businesses, and other non-campaign entity types are not currently eligible for verification through Campaign Verify.

What are the benefits of obtaining campaign verification from Campaign Verify?
Campaign Verify authentication tokens are a credential that helps protect your campaign from spoofing and increases your ability to send messages to your supporters via 10DLC text messaging campaigns.

Is Campaign Verify verification required?
Some U.S. wireless carriers require political entities utilizing 10DLC messaging to register their brand and obtain a verification token via Campaign Verify. Verification from Campaign Verify lets political groups have access to increased text messaging throughput from wireless carriers via a special registration category in The Campaign Registry. Campaign Verify is an authorized vetting partner of The Campaign Registry, which is managing 10DLC registration on behalf of major U.S. wireless carriers.

What is the difference between Campaign Verify and The Campaign Registry?
The Campaign Registry is a company that manages 10DLC registration on behalf of major U.S. wireless carriers. The Campaign Registry has vetting partners that assist in verifying the identity of the businesses and entities that want to engage in text messaging.  Campaign Verify is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves as one of the vetting partners for The Campaign Registry, specifically for political entities.

Where does my political committee register with The Campaign Registry?
Candidate organizations, Committee PAC's, and other organizations (often referred to as Brands) can register with The Campaign Registry via their CSP, or Campaign Service Provider, which is the text messaging provider your campaign uses.
After successful verification from Campaign Verify, you should provide your Campaign Verify token to your CSP for them to provide to The Campaign Registry.

How does verification work?
1. First, follow the instructions on the form and provide all required information. Make sure the information matches that on the FEC filing record (for Federal campaigns) and the filing record URL (for State, Local, and Tribal campaigns).
2. After payment, your request will be submitted for a Campaign Verify reviewer to process. Once approved, a secret PIN code will be sent either to the email address or mailing address on the filing record. This PIN code is what allows Campaign Verify to determine an authentic submission.
3. Once you receive the PIN code, log in to Campaign Verify and enter the PIN code. You have 3 attempts to type in the code before your request gets locked.
4. Once the PIN code is successfully entered, you may generate an Authentication Token. This is what you should provide to your CSP or texting platform provider.

Are there resources available that can help me make sure my campaign’s messages reach my supporters while protecting them from unwanted text message traffic?
Wireless carriers and many of the companies that provide text messaging services have prepared guidelines that outline the best practices for text messaging campaigns. Among these resources are:
Messaging Principles & Best Practices, July 2019, a general guide developed by the members of CTIA, the wireless industry trade association.
M3AAWG Mobile Messaging Best Practices for Political Programs in the United States, April 2020, guidance from the Messaging and Mobile Malware Anti-Abuse Working group, a technical working group comprising ISPs, telcos, email service providers, social media companies and others.

What does "Verification Preference" mean?
For State, Local, or Tribal committees, there is an option to receive a verification PIN code either via email or postal mail (sent in a letter). If an email address is listed on the filing record in the Filing Record URL and the optional "Filing Email" field is filled out on the Campaign Verify verification form, then the Email verification option is available. Email verification will be faster, since it does not require a physical letter being sent out.

On some filing records for some State, Local and Tribal election authorities, there is no option to list an email address, but only a physical address. In these cases, please select Postal Mail as your verification method, as PIN codes must be sent via U.S. mail.

If you select Email as your verification method, and an email is not on the Filing Record URL, Campaign Verify will automatically send your PIN via U.S. mail, assuming your Filing Record URL contains a valid postal mail address.

How long does the verification process take?
Once information is submitted, a Campaign Verify staff member will verify your information within 1-2 business days. If an email address is available on the filing record, the PIN code is sent immediately after verification. If no email address is listed and postal mail is required, the PIN code will take 5-7 days to arrive via U.S.P.S.

What fees are required?
There is a one-time fee per entity verification request of $95. Only one successful verification request is required per two-year election cycle.

Why do I have to pay a fee?
Your fees help pay for the operations of Campaign Verify, authenticate your text messaging campaigns for the wireless messaging ecosystem, and protect your campaign from being spoofed by disinformation campaigns over the SMS channel. Your fees help keep U.S. elections secure.

Fees go towards:
1. Development and Security costs for the Campaign Verify platform
2. Costs for Campaign Verify staffers to manually verify campaigns and committees
3. Operational costs for running the Campaign Verify nonprofit

How often do I need to complete the verification process with Campaign Verify?
Verifications submitted in 2021 or 2022 will be valid until January 31, 2023.

What happens if there is an error in my submission?
Please make sure all information is correct before submitting! If there is an error in your submission, it will be returned to you with information about what was wrong, and a new submission will be required. If you have additional questions, always feel free to reach out to support@campaignverify.org

Do I need to pay the $95 fee for a resubmission?
Yes, every submission and resubmission needs to be manually, thoroughly looked at by an agent, and this takes staff time and cost. We only issue refunds in cases where Campaign Verify makes a mistake.

My company operates a texting platform used for political messaging, a CPaaS, or SMS messaging aggregation. How can my platform be included?
Please send an email to serviceproviders@campaignverify.org for information on how to participate.

What if I don’t have access to the inbox of the email address on the filing record?
Please find someone within your committee who has access, or submit an updated filing to the FEC or relevant election authority with a new email address.

What is the mailing address for Campaign Verify?
8605 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 505
Vienna, VA 22182

Are you a registered Federal, State, Local, or Tribal political committee, campaign consultant, aggregator, or texting platform?

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