Campaign Tip: Never break the law. You’re not Frank Underwood and you WILL get caught.

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Here’s today’s tip: Never break the law. You’re not Frank Underwood and you WILL get caught.

I pretty well hope that y’all are virtuous, law-abiding citizens but it would be silly to pretend that temptation isn’t real. On the campaign trail, there are a lot of laws you need to pay attention to. The impact everything from how you raise money to election day sign logistics. I hope I don’t need to worry about y’all breaking the kind of laws that Frank Underwood conveniently forgets about, but the smaller ones don’t always seem important.

The fact of the matter is that whether you’re a hot-shot like Frank Underwood or not, skirting or breaking the law usually has significant, negative repercussions. Trying to persuade voters to support you a bit inside of the legal demarcation line when you think no one is looking or slipping a piece of literature into their mailbox may seem like small things, but when they become news, they will paint your campaign in a broadly negative light.

Make sure you find out the rules governing your campaign early on. Ideally before you start running. From there, follow them religiously and work your butt off, within the rules. Keep your eyes out for opponents breaking the rules but don’t waste efforts doing that when you should be working!

Raz Shafer