Cloudflare for Campaigns: United States of America

A comprehensive solution, available free for qualifying federal candidates

Cloudflare for Campaigns offers a suite of products designed to safeguard and optimize the performance of your candidate's web presence — and to protect your team's internal data.

Qualified federal election candidates are eligible to receive a package of products free of charge, proudly provided by Cloudflare in partnership with the nonprofit Defending Digital Campaigns.

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Block malicious attacks

Prevent attackers and nation-state actors from bringing your site down, with the same protection leveraged by many of the world's biggest companies.

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Stay online during peak traffic periods

Web traffic often varies during a campaign. Be ready for your candidate's moments in the spotlight.

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Secure your team's most important data

Leverage Cloudflare Zero Trust, a unique set of products designed to safeguard your workforce, workplaces, and workloads from intruders — and to ensure your data does not leave your network.

Partnering to Provide Free Services

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 Project Athenian, and to many organizations spanning the arts, human rights, civil society, journalism, and democracy through its initiative Project Galileo.

Cloudflare is providing this comprehensive package of free Internet security, performance, and reliability services to qualifying federal candidates in partnership with the nonprofit Defending Digital Campaigns.

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Website Security

24/7/365 uptime support
Including unmetered DDoS Mitigation and a dedicated support contact.

Web Application Firewall
Including OWASP and proprietary Cloudflare rulesets, and support for custom WAF and Firewall Rules.

Custom Traffic Blocking
Block specified user agents and regions where problematic traffic is detected.

Rate Limiting
Protect against denial-of-service attacks, brute-force login attempts, and other types of abusive behavior targeting the application layer.

I'm Under Attack™ mode
Instantly deploy protections against a concerted attack, plus Enterprise-level 'I Am Under Attack' Support.

Bot Protection
Thwart automated bots and trigger Captcha Challenges to ensure only genuine traffic reaches your site.

Subdomain Support
Cloudflare Subdomain Support simplifies the management of Cloudflare performance and security for subdomains.

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Performance & Reliability

Global CDN
Leverage Cloudflare's global network, spanning 200 cities in over 90 countries to deliver millisecond-response times.

Load Balancing
Dynamically route traffic to different servers and clouds.

Image and Mobile Optimizations
Automatically optimize images with Cloudflare Polish. Deliver mobile-friendly images with Cloudflare Mirage.

50 Page Rules
Apply custom redirects, WAF rules, and more to any individual URL on your site.

Audit Logs
Including account-level actions like Login and Logout, as well as configuration changes made through the Cloudflare Dash.

And more...
Custom SSL Certificate Upload
PCI Compliance
Regular Expression Blocking
Spam and Comment Protection

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Organizational Support and Security

Multi-User Organization
Manage your Cloudflare account with multiple accounts, each with granular permissions.

Cloudflare Access (100 seats)
Allows a campaign to secure, authenticate, and monitor user access to any domain, application, or path on Cloudflare, without using a VPN.

Cloudflare Gateway DNS Filtering
Protect users as they navigate the Internet by keeping malicious content off your network from multiple locations.

Reliability and Security Guide
Best practices on how to keep a campaign site and donation page secure and online.

Election Security Contact
This election security-specific contact will get routed to our support team, with an escalation path to the security team.

Sign up for Cloudflare for Campaigns

Submissions are sent to DDC and Cloudflare
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:
  • Cloudflare's Business tier of service, including DDoS Mitigation, Web Application Firewall, and spam protection — plus supplementary products including Rate Limiting and Bot Protection.
  • Free 'I'm Under Attack' support, providing expert assistance in real-time during critical incidents.
  • Support for teams, including multi-account access to your Cloudflare dashboard with granular permissions.
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:
  • House candidates with at least $50k in receipts for the election cycle.
  • Senate candidates with at least $100k in receipts for the election cycle.
  • House or Senate candidates who have qualified for the general election ballot.
  • Any presidential candidate who is polling above 5 percent in national polls.

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