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.
|February 13, 2017||February Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded they have a report covering the month of January due on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20. 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 February 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, February 17). Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. ET on February 20 to submit their reports on time. Quarterly filers do not have a regularly scheduled report due this month, but if they have made previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures in connection with upcoming special elections, they may have to file additional reports. Quarterly filers should refer to the FEC's compliance map to determine if an additional report is required. For additional reporting information for all types of filers, consult this Record article and our Reporting FAQs page.|
|February 6, 2017||Register Now for the FECConnect Live Webinar for Corporations and their PACs. It's not too late to register for the FEC's February 21 webinar on federal campaign finance law for corporations and their political action committees. This will be the only online training program this year to focus exclusively on the basic rules for fundraising and FEC reporting for corporate PACs. So, don’t miss this opportunity. Register today!|
|February 2, 2017||Limits Adjusted for 2017-2018. The Commission has announced the inflation-adjusted contribution limits for 2017-2018 elections, as well as the coordinated party expenditure limits and lobbyist bundling threshold for 2017. For the first time since inflation adjustments were introduced as part of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, the limit on individual and nonmulticandidate committee contributions to candidates did not increase. That limit remains $2,700 per election for the 2017-18 election cycle.|
|January 30, 2017||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, 2016, on their January 31 Year-End report. Contributions received on January 1 or afterwards must be reported on the committee's next report, even if the check was dated or postmarked in December. For more information on the January 31 Year-End report, see last week’s tip.|
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) -
- 2017-2018 Contribution Limits [HTML] [PDF]
- 2017 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).