Campaign finance rules generally prohibit companies like Cloudflare from providing free services to political campaigns.
However, a May 2019 ruling by the US Federal Election Commission makes special exceptions for cybersecurity services for candidates who meet certain criteria because of the demonstrated, currently enhanced threat of foreign cyberattacks. Cloudflare works in partnership with the nonprofit organization Defending Digital Campaigns to qualify candidates who meet the FEC's criteria.
Cloudflare is also proud to provide many campaigns — local, federal, and international — a wide range of services at costs that fit within most budgets. If your campaign doesn't qualify for the free suite, there is likely one you can afford.
In addition to Cloudflare for Campaigns, Cloudflare provides free services to US state and local government election websites through the Athenian Project, and to many organizations spanning the arts, human rights, civil society, journalism, and democracy through its initiative Project Galileo.
Cloudflare for Campaigns is available at no cost to candidates in federal races -- regardless of party -- that meet the eligibility requirements set by the Federal Election Commission in their advisory opinion of May 21, 2019.
Accepted campaigns receive the following benefits at no cost:
Who is eligible for free services?
As outlined in DDC's submission to the FEC, only certain federal candidates and active registered national party committees are eligible for free services. Eligible candidates include:
Even if you don't qualify for free services, the Cloudflare for Campaigns product suite is available to every campaign — at a price you can likely afford.
Speak with a Cloudflare representative who works with political candidates and their campaigns.