The treasurer of a political committee registered with the Federal Election Commission is legally responsible for that committee's compliance with the federal campaign finance laws. The Commission has developed this page to help treasurers fulfill that responsibility.
As you'll see, this page not only provides links to an array of helpful publications, online presentations and other pages, it also offers timely tips and reminders to help treasurers meet their obligations under the law. As an added feature, you can subscribe to receive automatic notification of updates to this page via RSS. We also invite you to ask questions, provide feedback and offer your own compliance tips by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to these online resources, the FEC staffs a toll-free information hotline (800-424-9530), and offers periodic educational workshops for treasurers. Please visit our Outreach page for details, and sign up to receive program updates by email at Conferences@fec.gov.
This section offers helpful tips -- both from the FEC and from your fellow treasurers -- to help you meet your obligations under the federal campaign finance law. To suggest a tip, please email us at email@example.com. Click here to receive the tips as an RSS feed.
|April 20, 2015||April Filing Reminder for PACs and Party Committees. All PACs and party committees that file monthly have a report due today, April 20, covering the month of March. (Note: PACs and party committees that filed quarterly in 2014 file on a semi-annual basis in 2015.)|
|April 13, 2015||April Filing Reminder for Campaigns. Authorized committees have a report due Wednesday, April 15, covering activity from the closing date of their last report through March 31. (Note: PACs and party committees that filed quarterly in 2014 file on a semi-annual basis in 2015.) Staff in the Reports Analysis Division (RAD) and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 pm (EDT) on Wednesday, April 15, to answer questions regarding the content and filing of reports. To reach RAD, call 1-800-424-9530 (press 5) or 202-694-1130. For help with technical issues relating to electronic filing, dial the same toll-free number and press 4 or call 202-694-1307.|
|April 6, 2015||Next Month's Special Elections in NY and MS May Affect Your April Reporting. Candidates involved in the May 5 special general election in New York's 11th Congressional district must file a pre-general report due April 23 that covers financial activity from January 1 through April 15. Based on the timing of this report, the Commission has waived the regular April Quarterly for candidates in the NY/11 special election. In contrast, candidates involved in the May 12 special general election in Mississippi's 1st Congressional district must file both the April Quarterly due April 15, and a pre-general report, due April 30, covering financial activity from April 1 through April 22.
PACs and parties that file on a semi-annual basis in 2015 and that have made previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures in connection with a special election must file the reports due in connection with that election. (Monthly filers, however, do not need to file special election reports.) For more information, see the FEC's Compliance Map and click on the state(s) where your PAC or party has been active in a special election.
|March 30, 2015||New Compilation of Federal Campaign Finance Laws Available in Print. Printed copies of the 2015 edition of Federal Election Campaign Laws are now available from the Commission. The compilation contains all federal campaign finance laws (including a conversion table showing the recent changes from Title 2 U.S.C. to Title 52 U.S.C.) To order a copy at no charge, contact the Commission's Information Division at (800) 424-9530 (press 6, when prompted) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
Timely Tips Archive:
This section provides links to publications designed specifically for committee treasurers. Additional publications are available in the FEC Library, through our Quick Answers pages and on our Publications page.
FEC Record News Page
Reading articles posted on the FEC Record news page is one of the best ways to stay current on the law and your obligations as a treasurer. At the beginning of each month, the Commission compiles the previous month's articles into a print-friendly document and e-mails treasurers to let them know it's available. Additionally, an archive of every monthly Record from 1977 - present is available online. Sign-up to receive email notification when a new article is posted.
Campaign Guides are compliance manuals for committees registered with the FEC. The guide supplements summarize relevant post-publication rules and opinions.
- Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and Committees (June 2014) [PDF]
- Campaign Guide for Corporations and Labor Organizations (January 2007) [PDF]
- Campaign Guide for Nonconnected Committees (May 2008) [PDF]
- Campaign Guide for Political Party Committees (August 2013) [PDF]
- Notice to All Campaign Guide Users (October 2011)
Technical Information: The PDF files may be viewed or printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. The video presentations and interactive tutorials are available as either MPEG or SWF files. MPEG files may be viewed using a media player, such as Windows Media Player or Quicktime. SWF files may be viewed using Adobe Flash Player.
Brochure Title Links to Brochure Links to Presentation/Video Advisory Opinions - Best Practices for Committee Management Candidate Registration Committee Treasurers - Compliance with Laws Outside the FEC's Jurisdiction HTML - Contributions FEC and the Federal Campaign Finance Law La CEF y la Ley para las Campañas de Elecciones Federales
- Federal and State Campaign Finance Laws - Filing a Complaint - Foreign Nationals - Independent and Coordinated Expenditures - Internet Communications and Activity - Joint Fundraising Local Party Activity Special Notices on Political Ads and Solicitations - Separate Segregated Funds and Nonconnected PACs - Testing the Waters Volunteer Activity Actividades Voluntarias
- 2015-2016 Contribution Limits and Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits [PDF]
- Compliance Map
Click on your state to access reporting dates and other applicable compliance information, including independent expenditure periods, coordination timeframes, FEA and EC periods, as well as disclosure reports and ballot access information.
- Guideline for Presentation in Good Order (2008) (for Presidential campaigns seeking public funding) [PDF] [Word] [Appendices]
- Guidebook for Complainants and Respondents on the FEC Enforcement Process [PDF; 22 pages]
A summary of the FEC ’s general enforcement policies and procedures that provides a step-by-step guide through the agency’s enforcement process.
- Enforcement Procedures - FEC Directive 68 [PDF; 4 pages]
This section supplements the reporting and filing information contained in the publications listed above with links to additional information. Treasurers may also seek reporting and filing assistance from the Campaign Finance Analyst who reviews the committee's reports. To reach the Reports Analysis Division, call 800-424-9530 (press 5).