Effective June 26, mailers can use the highly visible, red Tag 57 on more types of political mail.
In addition to the previous use for any political campaign mailings by a registered political candidate, campaign committee or a committee of a political party, Tag 57 now also can be used for “political message mailings” from Political Action Committees (PACs), Super-PACs or other organizations engaging in issue advocacy or voter mobilization.
Mail from organizations such as labor unions, religious groups, retiree associations and others that endorse specific candidates or political issues is now considered “political message mailing” and therefore can be identified with Tag 57 for processing.
USPS is making this change to improve internal tracking of political message mail and to ensure that this mail volume receives visibility within the mail stream.
Additional resources on Tag 57 and Political and Election mail are available at Election 2012 on Blue.
Post Offices should ensure they have a sufficient supply of Tag 57 on hand. Tag 57 can be obtained from the Material Distribution Center (MDC) using normal ordering procedures and stock number PSN 7690-02-000-9965.