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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.

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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

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





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 Click here to receive the tips as an RSS feed.

October 5, 2015 Date Made / Date Received. Under FEC rules, the date a donor makes a contribution to a candidate and the date the campaign receives it are both important, but for different reasons.

The date a contribution is made determines which per-election limit the contribution counts against. For example, an undesignated contribution made (i.e., postmarked or hand-delivered) on or before the date of the primary election counts against the donor’s limit for that election. Undesignated contributions made after that date count toward the limit for the candidate’s next election (e.g., the general election).

The date a campaign receives a contribution is the date it lists on its FEC reports. For example, campaigns will include on their upcoming October Quarterly reports (due October 15) only those contributions received by September 30 (the close of books for that report). A contribution received on or after October 1 will be reported on the committee's Year-End report due January 31, even if the contribution was made (postmarked) in September.

More information on "Date Made" and "Date Received" may be found on page 23 of the Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates.

September 28, 2015 Preliminary List of Primary Dates for 2016 Now Available. The Commission has posted a preliminary list of presidential and congressional primary dates for 2016 for your planning purposes. Please note that this list is tentative and subject to change, and that questions about a state's primary process and ballot access rules should be directed to that state's election office. In regard to filing FEC pre-election reports, a list of pre-primary FEC reporting dates (and other reporting deadlines for 2016) will be made available in early 2016.
September 21, 2015 Now Appearing at Local Fall Festivals: FEC Disclaimers!  If your committee plans to maintain a booth or other presence at a local fall festival or other event, be sure the literature you are distributing contains the appropriate disclaimer statements. Some items, such as bumper stickers, pins and tee-shirts, are exempt. Other items, such as brochures and yard signs, need a printed statement, enclosed in a box, that indicates who has paid for the communication, and if paid for by a party committee or PAC, whether it was authorized by a campaign. For more information, see the brochure Special Notices on Political Ads and Solicitations.
September 14, 2015 Reminder: Monthly Reports Due Sunday. Monthly filers are reminded they have a report due, Sunday, September 20, covering the month of August. 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 September 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, September 18). Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. ET on September 20 to submit their reports on time. Quarterly filers do not have a regularly scheduled report due this month, but if they have made contributions or expenditures in connection with ongoing special elections, they may have to file additional reports. Quarterly filers should refer to the FEC's compliance map and the August 3 tip to determine if an additional report is required.

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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.


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Video Workshops and Interactive Presentations

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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).

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