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.
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|May 16, 2016||May Monthly Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded that they have a report due Friday, May 20, covering the month of April. For additional reporting information for all types of filers, consult this Record article and this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page compiled by the Reports Analysis Division.|
|May 9, 2016||Register Today for the FECConnect Live Webinar for Trade Associations and their PACs. It's not too late to register for the FEC's May 25 webinar for trade associations and their PACs. Part of the FECConnect Live online training series, the May 25 webinar will focus on basic rules for fundraising, candidate support and FEC reporting for trade association PACs. This will be the only webinar this year intended solely for trade association staff and PAC treasurers, so don't miss the opportunity.|
|May 2, 2016||NC House Campaigns Entitled to Separate Limits for 3/15 and 6/7 Primaries. On April 28, the Commission approved an advisory opinion concluding that because a court order and state legislation created a new electoral situation, North Carolina’s June 7, 2016, primary election for the U.S. House of Representatives constitutes a separate election from North Carolina’s March 15, 2016, primary election for the U.S. House of Representatives. Accordingly, candidates who participated in both elections are entitled to a separate contribution limit for each. Reporting: To report contributions received (Schedule A) or made (Schedule B) for each of the NC primaries, check the "Primary" box and indicate the primary date (e.g., "6/7/16") or check the "Other" box and indicate the primary date (e.g., "6/7/16"). See our February 25 tip and the Compliance Map for information on the revised reporting schedule for North Carolina House campaigns and quarterly-filing PACs and party committees that make any previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures in connection with the North Carolina House primaries. Should you have questions, please call 800/424-9530 (press 5 for the Reports Analysis Division or 6 for the Information Division).|
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) -
- 2015-2016 Contribution Limits [PDF]
- 2016 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).