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Campaign Funds for Childcare
28 states have authorized the use of Campaign Funds for Childcare—so far.
The codification of Campaign Funds for Childcare through legislation is Vote Mama Foundation’s “gold standard.” In addition, we work with candidates to request CFCC allowances via Ethics Ruling requests and seek Secretary of State and/or Attorney General opinion requests.
Where We Stand
The need to cover the cost of caregiving expenses does not stop on election night. For many mamas, the cost of care for their loved ones continues to impact their ability to serve in office after they have won.
Vote Mama Foundation advocates for legislation to account for caregiving expenses directly related to campaign activity AND carrying out official duties.
Michigan State Senator Stephanie Chang and Michigan State Representative Rachel Hood, both moms with minor kids, introduced legislation in 2023 to allow candidates to use their personally raised campaign dollars on child and dependent care expenses directly related to running for office and serving in office. Please find their text language here.
16 of the 28 states that have authorized the use of Campaign Funds for Childcare have done so by passing legislation. Of those states, 6 states also allow candidates to use their privately raised campaign dollars on broader dependent care expenses.
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