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.
|June 27, 2016||Cut-off Date for July Reports. Committees often ask if they may include funds raised in June but received in July in their FEC reports that are due in July. Under Commission regulations, the date of receipt is used for reporting purposes, so committees may include only those contributions received by June 30, 2016, on their July Quarterly or Monthly reports. Contributions received on July 1 or afterwards must be reported on the committee's next report, even if the check was dated or postmarked in June. For more information, see page 23 of the Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and this March tip for treasurers. (As always, committees involved in a special election should follow the reporting schedule for that election.)|
|June 20, 2016||Rules for National Convention Delegates. With the major party presidential nominating conventions approaching, the FEC has received many inquiries about the rules for convention delegates. The actual process for selecting delegates to the national convention is determined by each party. FEC regulations, summarized in this recent Record article, govern how individuals seeking to become national convention delegates (as well as those who have already been selected) finance their activities, including travel and presidential candidate support. Should you have questions after reading the article, please call our toll-free information line for assistance, 800-424-9530 (press 6).|
|June 14, 2016||June Monthly Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded that they have a report due Monday, June 20, covering the month of May. 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.|
|June 6, 2016||Prepare Now for Stress-Free Filing this Summer. Don't let FEC filing obligations stand in the way of your summer fun. If you want/have to file FEC reports electronically this year, now is the time to get a password and contact the FEC's e-filing office with any technical questions. All filers have reports due in July, so you'll want to have your password in place and any software kinks worked out before the filing rush hits. To help filers prepare, we'll offer webinars later this month on Reporting and Using FECFile for campaigns, party committees and PACs. So plan ahead, and enjoy your summer!|
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).