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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to receive the tips as an RSS feed.
|October 25, 2016||Last-Minute Filing Frenzy! For some committees, the pre-general report (see last week's tip) will be the final FEC filing required before Election Day. Many filers, however, may be required to submit additional notices to disclose last-minute activity. Campaign committees must disclose within 48 hours any contribution of $1,000 or more received between October20 and November 5. (File FEC Form 6 [Instructions] or our online webform.) Individuals, corporations, labor organizations and unregistered groups making electioneering communications that aggregate $10,000 or more must also file 24-Hour Reports to disclose the funds they raised and spent. (Use FEC Form 9 [Instructions] [Online Webform].) PACs, party committees and others making independent expenditures that aggregate $1,000 or more between October 20 and November6 must file 24-Hour Reports to disclose those expenditures. PACs (including Super PACs) and party committees report such expenditures using Schedule E [PDF] [Instructions] [Online Webform]. Individuals, corporations, labor organizations and unregistered groups use FEC Form 5 [PDF] [Instructions] [Online Webform].|
|October 17, 2016||Do I Have to File a Pre-General Report? If you are a monthly filer or an authorized committee of a candidate in the 2016 general election, the answer is automatically YES. (Please note that monthly-filing PACs/party committees also must file their regular monthly report covering September on Thursday, October 20.) If you are a quarterly-filing PAC or party committee, you must file a pre-general report only if your committee made contributions or expenditures in connection with the general election between October 1 and October 19, 2016. The Pre-General report is due Thursday, October 27. If sent by registered or certified mail, the Pre-General must be postmarked on or before October 24. If using overnight mail, the delivery service must receive the report on or before October 24. For additional help with your October reports, please consult the sources listed in last week’s tip.|
|October 11, 2016||October Reporting Reminders. Quarterly filers have a report due Saturday, October 15, and monthly filers have a report due Thursday, October 20. Both cover activity through September 30.
Please note that the FEC does not have authority to extend filing deadlines, even when they fall on weekends or holidays. Quarterly filers should plan accordingly. Reports sent by registered, certified or overnight mail must be postmarked no later than October 15, 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, October 14). Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. ET on October 15 to submit their reports on time.
Staff in the Reports Analysis Division and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 14 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. The E-Filing Office can also be reached locally at 202-694-1307.
|October 3, 2016||Revisions to Several FEC Forms and Instructions Released. On October 3, 2016, the Commission released revised versions of several reporting forms and instructions The form changes are technical and cosmetic in nature, and are intended to assist with compliance, provide clearer disclosure, and make the agency's forms more consistent with one another. Committees should begin using the revised forms immediately. Copies can be downloaded from the FEC website at http://www.fec.gov/info/forms.shtml or ordered by calling, toll-free, 1-800/424-9530 (press 6) or sending an email to email@example.com. For more information on the changes, see this Record article.|
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 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).