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.
|December 5, 2016||FEC Post-General Report Due December 8. All PACs, party committees and 2016 general election candidates must file a Post-General Report (30G) by Thursday, December 8. This report covers activity from the close of books for your last report through November 28. Campaigns filing the 30G must use the Post-Election Detailed Summary Page [Instructions] | [Presidential Campaign Version | Instructions] to segregate pre-election activity from post-election activity. Staff in the FEC’s Reports Analysis Division and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday to help filers with any last-minute questions. (Note: If your committee has made contributions or expenditures in connection with the December 10 Louisiana general election runoff, your filing schedule may be altered. Please consult the Louisiana runoff reporting notice and contact your Campaign Finance Analyst for more information.)|
|November 28, 2016||20-Day Loan Repayment Clock is Ticking. Candidates who personally loaned their campaign more than $250,000 for the 2016 general election and would like to be repaid in full have until November 28 to obtain that repayment; and the campaign may only use contributions made on/before Election Day to repay amounts over $250,000. After November 28, the campaign can only repay up to $250,000 of any candidate loans, and the remaining balance becomes a contribution. For more information, see 11 CFR 116.11 and Chapter 4, Section 13 of the Congressional Campaign Guide.|
|November 22, 2016||Contributions to Retire Debts. Campaigns with net debts outstanding after an election is over may accept contributions to retire the debt. A committee has net debts outstanding from the 2016 general election if its outstanding obligations from the general election exceed its available balance of 2016 general funds. Debt retirement contributions must be properly designated (e.g., "2016 general debt") and may not exceed the contributor's limit for the designated election. Undesignated contributions received by a campaign count towards the limit for the candidate's next election (e.g., the 2018 primary). While those funds could be used to retire debt, a campaign with net debts outstanding may choose to ask the contributor to redesignate the contribution for 2016 general debt retirement, provided that redesignation does not cause the donor to exceed his/her limit for that election. Consult the Campaign Guide and the Reports Analysis Division FAQ for your type of committee for examples of how to report redesignations for debt retirement.|
|November 14, 2016||New Election Cycle Begins. November 9, 2016, marked the beginning of a new election cycle. For reporting purposes, campaigns aggregate receipts and disbursements on an election cycle basis. As a result, all 2016 campaigns must separate--both in their internal records and on their FEC reports--activity that occurred on or after November 9 from activity that occurred prior to that date, regardless of which election it relates to. Campaigns must disclose their separate election-cycle receipts and disbursements on the Post-Election Detailed Summary Page [Instructions] | [Presidential Campaign Version | Instructions] required with the Post-General election report due December 8 (or for campaigns that were not in the general election, with the Year-End report due January 31). For more information on winding down your 2016 campaign, attend our webinar on November 16.|
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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 Contribuciones (en Español) FEC and the Federal Campaign Finance Law La CEF y la Ley para las Campañas de Elecciones Federales (en Español) - 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 (en Español) -
- 2015-2016 Contribution Limits [PDF]
- 2016 Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits
- Compliance Map
Click on your state to access reporting dates and other applicable compliance information, including independent expenditure periods, coordination time frames, 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).