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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 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 1, 2016 Register Now for the FECConnect Live Webinar for Party Committees. It's time to register for the FEC's February 24 webinar for party committees. Part of the FECConnect Live online training series, the February 24 webinar will focus on basic rules for fundraising, candidate support and FEC reporting for party committees, and will be the only FEC webinar this year solely intended for party committee staff with responsibility for compliance with federal campaign finance laws.
January 22, 2016 Year-End Reporting Reminder. Year-End reports covering activity through December 31 are due Sunday, January 31. 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 January 31, and paper filings sent by other means must be received by close of business on the last business day before the deadline (i.e., Friday, January 29). Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. EST on January 31 to submit their reports on time.

Staff in the Reports Analysis Division and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 p.m. EST on January 29 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. For additional help, beyond the links provided on the tips for treasurers page, please visit http://www.fec.gov/info/compliance.shtml for useful links to publications, reporting schedules, forms and other resources for committee treasurers.

January 19, 2016 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, 2015, on their January 31 Year-End report. Contributions received on January 1 or afterwards should be reported on the committee's next report, even if the check was dated or postmarked in December. For more information, see page 23 of the Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and this 2015 tip for treasurers. (As always, committees involved in a special election should follow the reporting schedule for that election.)
January 11, 2016 Switching Filing Frequency? PACs and most party committees have the option to file reports on a "monthly" or "quarterly" filing schedule, and may change their filing frequency one time per year. During a federal election year (such as 2016), committees active in several states may find it easier to file on a monthly schedule to avoid having to file pre-primary reports for each election in which they make a previously undisclosed contribution or expenditure. To switch your committee's filing frequency in 2016, attach a letter (paper filers only) or a Form 99 to your 2015 year-end report (due 1/31) indicating that you will now be filing reports on the other schedule. Note that filers who filed semi-annually last year do not need to submit a letter unless they want to switch to monthly filing; they are automatically on the "quarterly" schedule for 2016. If you have questions, please call 800-424-9530 and speak with an Communications Specialist (option 6) or your Campaign Finance Analyst (option 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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