On Friday, September 17, 2010 the FEC stated: "A candidate that is a Sole Proprietor cannot promote his/her small business, use any company resources, nor may their company recommend their candidacy during the course of a campaign because of the possibility of an undue influence".
The Supreme Court has also taken this same position: http://www.cato.org/pubs/scr/docs/2004/rationingspeech.pdf .
This decision was given even though Congress is considering a Bill that would help out small business http://new.rotor.com/Publications/RotorNewssupregsup/tabid/177/newsid375/71632/Default.aspx .
In his State of The Union Speech President Obama this year spoke about this particular issue.
Missouri's "Write-In" US Senate Candidate Mark Memoly said today "If we want more people with a strong business background in our Congress" and preserve our First Amendment right to Free Speech this regulation should be modified".
Mark Memoly suggested that "the regulation apply to individuals with companies consisting of more than 50 employees that would be similar to the "Family And Medical Leave Bill" http://www.allbusiness.com/human-resources/benefits-time-off/363048-1.html .
As a small business entrepreneur and candidate Mark Memoly said FEC rules must be strictly adhered to but thought this would be an acceptable compromise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k92SerxLWtc .
FEC Regulations are listed on this Web Page: http://www.fec.gov/law/cfr/cfr.shtml .