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2011 SUPPLEMENTAL FILING INFORMATION
FOR PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEES



PLEASE NOTE:  The Commission provides reminders of upcoming filing dates as a courtesy to help committees comply with the filing deadlines set forth in the Act and Commission regulations. Committee treasurers must comply with all applicable filing deadlines established by law, and the lack of prior notice does not constitute an excuse for failing to comply with any filing deadline.

 

WHO MUST FILE

All committees authorized by Presidential candidates 1 must file either Quarterly or Monthly reports in 2011.
See 11 CFR 104.5(b). Before a committee can stop filing with the FEC, it must file a termination report with the Commission. See 11 CFR 102.3. Committees must continue to file reports until the Commission notifies them in writing that their termination report has been accepted.

 

METHODS OF FILING REPORTS

Electronic Filing

Reports filed electronically must be received and validated by the Commission by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the filing deadline. See 11 CFR 104.5(e).

Paper Filing - Meeting the Filing Deadline

Paper Report filing options -- Registered, Certified or Overnight or First Class Mail. See 11 CFR 104.5(e).

 

COMPLIANCE

Treasurer Responsibility

Committee Treasurers are responsible for both the timeliness and the accuracy of all reports. They may be subject to monetary penalties if reports are inaccurate or are not filed on time. See 11 CFR 104.14(d).

Administrative Fine Program

Political committees and their treasurers who fail to file their reports on time may be subject to civil money penalties up to $17,600 (or more for repeat late- and non-filers). See 11 CFR 111.43(b). See generally, 11 CFR 111.30.

 

DISCLOSURE OF LOBBYIST BUNDLING ACTIVITY

Campaign committees must file FEC Form 3L [PDF] if they receive two or more bundled contributions from lobbyists/registrants or lobbyist/registrant PACs that aggregate in excess of $16,200 during the applicable reporting period. See 11 CFR 104.22 and 11 CFR 110.17(e).

 

2011 REPORTING SCHEDULE

 

CHANGE IN FILING FREQUENCY

Committees able to change their reporting schedule (for example, from monthly to quarterly) who wish to do so must notify the Commission in writing and may change their filing frequency no more than once per calendar year. See 11 CFR 104.5(b)(2).

 


FOOTNOTES:

1 Generally, an individual becomes a candidate for federal office (and thus triggers registration and reporting obligations) when his or her campaign exceeds $5,000 in either contributions received or expenditures made. If the campaign has not crossed the $5,000 threshold, it is not required to file reports. See 11 CFR 100.3(a).


FOR INFORMATION, CALL: (800) 424-9530 or (202) 694-1100

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Other Filing Information
(ONLY for 2011 special elections):

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LOOKING AHEAD TO 2012

 

ELECTION YEAR FILING FREQUENCY

QUARTERLY FILERS:  Committees that have not received contributions or made expenditures of $100,000 or more during the 2012 presidential election cycle may file on a quarterly basis. Note that quarterly filers must also file a pre-election report for each election in which the candidate seeks nomination or election. See 11 CFR 104.5(b)(1)(ii).

  • Web Page:  2012 Reporting Dates Page – coming in 2012
  • The Record January 2012 issue [PDF] – coming in 2012

MONTHLY FILERS:  Committees that have received contributions or made expenditures of $100,000 or more during the 2012 presidential election cycle must file monthly reports. See 11 CFR 104.5(b)(1)(i).

  • Web Page:  2012 Reporting Dates Page – coming in 2012
  • The Record January 2012 issue [PDF] – coming in 2012

 

48-HOUR NOTICES ON CONTRIBUTIONS 1

Notices are required if the committee receives any contribution (including in-kind gifts or advances of goods or services; Loans from the candidate or other non-bank sources; and guarantees or endorsements of bank loans to the candidate or committee) of $1,000 or more per source, during the period less than 20 days but more than 48 hours before any election in which the candidate is running.

The notices must reach the appropriate federal filing office within 48 hours of the committee’s receipt of the contribution(s). Campaign committees that file electronically MUST submit their 48-hour notices electronically. See 11 CFR 104.5(f) and 104.18(c).

 


FOOTNOTES:

1 Presidential primary campaigns filing monthly need not file 48 Hour Notices.

 

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