Skip Navigation
Federal Election Commission, United States of America (logo). Link to FEC Home Page
Federal Election Commission
FEC Search

 

HOME / HELP WITH REPORTING AND COMPLIANCE / RESOURCES FOR COMMITTEE TREASURERS

Resources for Committee Treasurers

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.

Sign-up to receive an e-mail alert when new tips are posted. Sign-up to receive an email alert when new tips are posted.

Information on E-Mail ProgramAs 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 info@fec.gov.

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.


 

 

 


Tips for Treasurers

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 info@fec.gov. Click here to receive the tips as an RSS feed.

February 13, 2017 February Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded they have a report covering the month of January due on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20. Please note that the FEC does not have authority to extend filing deadlines, even when they fall on weekends or holidays. Filers should plan accordingly. Reports sent by registered, certified or overnight mail must be postmarked no later than February 20, and paper filings sent by other means must be received by close of business on/before the last business day before the deadline (i.e., Friday, February 17). Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. ET on February 20 to submit their reports on time. Quarterly filers do not have a regularly scheduled report due this month, but if they have made previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures in connection with upcoming special elections, they may have to file additional reports. Quarterly filers should refer to the FEC's compliance map to determine if an additional report is required. For additional reporting information for all types of filers, consult this Record article and our Reporting FAQs page.
February 6, 2017 Register Now for the FECConnect Live Webinar for Corporations and their PACs. It's not too late to register for the FEC's February 21 webinar on federal campaign finance law for corporations and their political action committees. This will be the only online training program this year to focus exclusively on the basic rules for fundraising and FEC reporting for corporate PACs. So, don’t miss this opportunity. Register today!
February 2, 2017 Limits Adjusted for 2017-2018. The Commission has announced the inflation-adjusted contribution limits for 2017-2018 elections, as well as the coordinated party expenditure limits and lobbyist bundling threshold for 2017. For the first time since inflation adjustments were introduced as part of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, the limit on individual and nonmulticandidate committee contributions to candidates did not increase. That limit remains $2,700 per election for the 2017-18 election cycle.
January 30, 2017 Cut-off Date for Year-End Reports. Committees often ask if they may include funds raised in January in their Year-End FEC reports. Under Commission regulations, the date of receipt is used for reporting purposes, so committees should include only those contributions received by December 31, 2016, on their January 31 Year-End report. Contributions received on January 1 or afterwards must be reported on the committee's next report, even if the check was dated or postmarked in December. For more information on the January 31 Year-End report, see last week’s tip.

Timely Tips Archive:

 

Return to top

Selected Publications

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

Campaign Guides are compliance manuals for committees registered with the FEC. The guide supplements summarize relevant post-publication rules and opinions.

Brochures and Handouts

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.

Other

Return to top

Video Workshops and Interactive Presentations

Return to top

Reporting Help and Filing Information

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).

Return to top