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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.

April 14, 2014 April Filing Reminder. Quarterly filers have a report due Tuesday, April 15, covering from the close of books of their last report through March 31. Staff in the Reports Analysis Division (RAD) and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 pm (EDT) on Tuesday, April 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. Also, monthly filers have a report due Saturday, April 20, covering the month of March. 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. Under both filing schedules, reports sent by registered, certified or overnight mail must be postmarked no later than the due date of the report, 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, April 18 for monthly filers). Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on the due date of the report to submit their reports on time.
April 8, 2014

McCutcheon Decision. On April 2, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. The plurality opinion concludes that the overall biennial contribution limits at 2 U.S.C. §441a(a)(3) are unconstitutional under the First Amendment. The Court's decision does not affect an individual's per-committee limits found at 2 U.S.C. §441a(a)(1).

April 1, 2014 Don't be an April Fool: File your reports on time! April is a busy reporting month as primary season heats up and quarterly filers submit their April 15 reports. Be sure to consult the FEC's online reporting pages, compliance map and Commission calendar to ensure that your committee meets all of its filing deadlines. Failure to do so could result in administrative fines. Electronic filers can get help using FECFile at tomorrow's webinars for candidate, parties and PACs, and you can always call our toll-free information line at 800-424-9530 for assistance.
March 24, 2014 Cactus League, Grapefruit League . . . Cherry Blossom League? The FEC will offer a doubleheader of spring training workshops in Washington, DC, next month. First up are FECFile webinars for all types of committees on April 2, followed by a day-long Seminar/Webinar for Corporations and their PACs on April 30. These workshops are bound to be a hit, so register today! To see our complete spring training line-up, visit our outreach page.

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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 1-800-424-9530 (press 5).

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