Campaign Verify is a non-partisan, non-profit 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 the FEC can use Campaign Verify to verify their identity. Wireless carriers and text messaging companies may require the use of Campaign Verify to ensure that these entities can successfully send SMS or MMS messages to U.S. voters.

Campaign Verify is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve trust in our elections. It was formed in collaboration with 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. 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 manual 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 secure authorization token

Once you log back into Campaign Verify and enter your PIN code, you will be able to generate secure authorization tokens for approved texting service providers that you want to use to communicate with voters.

5. Start texting!

Your approved texting service provider will collect your secure authorization token, proving your identity to them and other systems in the text messaging network.  That’s it!

FAQ

What types of political campaigns or committees should request verification by Campaign Verify?
Any candidate, party, PAC, or other committee that is required to register with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) is eligible to obtain verification through Campaign Verify.


What about state political campaigns, local political campaigns, or non-profits?
At this time, verification from Campaign Verify is available to federal campaigns only.


What are the benefits of obtaining campaign verification from Campaign Verify?
Campaign Verify validation is an important credential that helps streamline your ability to send messages to your supporters. The various companies involved in transmitting your messages may rely on Campaign Verify vetting to help in their efforts to ensure your messages are delivered, while also preventing unwanted messages from harming wireless subscribers.


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.


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 per cycle. For Presidential Campaigns, PACs, and other non-campaign Committees, the fee is $250. For Senate and Congressional campaigns, the one-time fee is $50. There are no fees for generating authorization tokens once an entity is verified.


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

Your 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 non-profit


How often do I need to complete the verification process with Campaign Verify?
Verifications submitted in 2020 are valid until January 31, 2021. 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


In previous cycles, I was to be able to just sign up for texting services and start texting immediately. Will I still be able to?
Given industry concern about spoofing and illegitimate messages by malicious actors, the bar for sending political text messages is being raised. Verification through Campaign Verify may be required in advance of starting to use a texting platform, depending on the specific requirements by carriers and your texting provider.


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 with a new email address.


Are you an FEC-registered committee, consultant, aggregator, or texting platform?

Please submit your information to receive information on how to get started: