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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 21, 2014 Be Sure to Use Proper Disclaimers on Ads. As Election Day draws near, many political committees will run last-minute radio and television ads to reach potential voters. Remember, those ads must include proper disclaimers that — among other things — identify who paid for the message and indicate whether the ad was authorized by a candidate. Check out this Record article for answers to common questions about the proper wording and display for disclaimers on radio and television ads.
October 20, 2014 Do I Have to File a Pre-General Report? If you are a monthly filer or an authorized committee of a candidate in the 2014 general election, the answer is automatically YES. 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 15, 2014. The report is due Thursday, October 23. (Please note that monthly filing PACs/party committees also must file their regular monthly report covering September on Monday, October 20.) Additional reporting information, including a complete list of filing dates, is available on our Reporting Dates web page. For help with your reports, please consult the sources listed in last week’s tip.
October 14, 2014 FEC Quarterly Reports Due October 15. Reminder: Quarterly reports are due Wednesday, October 15. Quarterly 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 October 15. Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on the due date of the report to submit their reports on time. Staff in the Reports Analysis Division (RAD) and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 15, to answer questions regarding the content and filing of reports. To reach RAD, call 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.
October 6, 2014 Some Exempt Party Activities are Considered Federal Election Activity. Party committees conducting exempt activities during the next few weeks should be aware that -- while these activities are not subject to the limits on contributions or coordinated party expenditures -- they may qualify as "federal election activity" (FEA). FEA that refers to a clearly identified federal candidate must be financed entirely with federal funds, and reportable FEA triggers a monthly filing requirement for the party committee. For more information, see this Record news article on FEA, the FEC's brochure on local party activity and Chapters 7 and 8 of the Campaign Guide for Political Party Committees.
September 29, 2014

Some Independent Expenditures Trigger Double Reporting. Filers must disclose ALL independent expenditures on their regular FEC reports — even those they already disclosed on special 48-hour and 24-hour reports.

  • PACs (including Super PACs and Hybrid PACs) and party committees: Report independent expenditures made on Line 24 of FEC Form 3X as part of your committee's regular FEC monthly, quarterly, pre- or post-election report, as appropriate. Itemize independent expenditures on Schedule E when they aggregate more than $200 in a calendar year. See your Campaign Guide for more information and examples.
  • Any individual, group, corporation, labor organization or other entity that is not a registered political committee: File FEC Form 5 at the end of the first quarterly reporting period in which independent expenditures made aggregate more than $250 in a calendar year. File additional reports in any succeeding quarterly period during the same year in which additional independent expenditures of any amount are made. See this FAQ from the Reports Analysis Division for more information on when to file Form 5.

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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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