2012 SUPPLEMENTAL FILING INFORMATION
FOR PACs & PARTY 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 Party Committees and PACs (Nonconnected Committees and Separate Segregated Funds) must file either quarterly or monthly reports in 2012. See 11 CFR 104.5(c).
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
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).
See also 11 CFR 104.18 and 100.19.
Paper Filing - Meeting the Filing Deadline
Paper Report filing options -- Registered, Certified or Overnight or First Class Mail. See 11 CFR 104.5(e). See also 11 CFR 100.19.
Quarterly filing committees that make contributions or expenditures (including independent expenditures) in connection with an election in 2012 must also file a Pre-Election Report, if the activity was not previously reported. See 11 CFR 104.5(c)(1)(ii).
48- AND 24-HOUR REPORTS OF INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES
Any PAC or Party Committee that makes independent expenditures in 2012 may have to disclose this activity within 48- or 24-hours based upon the date and amount of the expenditure. See 11 CFR 104.4(b)(2) and (c). See generally, 11 CFR 104.4.
These reports are not required when a PAC or Party Committee makes a contribution directly to a candidate.
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 Part 111 Subpart B. See also 11 CFR 111.43.
DISCLOSURE OF LOBBYIST BUNDLING ACTIVITY
Party committees and Leadership PACs 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 $16,700 during the applicable reporting period. See 11 CFR 104.22 and 11 CFR 110.17(f).
2012 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(c).
FOR INFORMATION, CALL: (800) 424-9530 or (202) 694-1100