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2020 Quarterly reports

All registered candidate committees must disclose the money they raise and spend. These "receipts" and "disbursements" are reported quarterly.

House and Senate committees report on Form 3. Access the PDF and instructions.

Presidential committees report on Form 3P. Access the PDF and instructions.

When a committee files its first report, it must include all “receipts" and "disbursements" that occurred before registration. This includes any receipts and disbursements made during the “testing the waters” (or exploratory) period. The coverage period of the first report should be adjusted to date back to the beginning of the committee’s financial activity.

In election years, political action committees can choose to file either quarterly or monthly.

State and local party committees that don’t engage in reportable Federal Election Activity file quarterly by default in election years but may change filing frequency (for example, from quarterly to monthly) up to once a calendar year.

PACs and party committees report on Form 3X. Access the PDF and instructions.

Pre-election reports

The principal campaign committee of any candidate participating in a 2020 state primary, nominating convention or runoff election—even if unopposed—must also file a pre-election report 12 days prior to the primary, nominating convention or runoff. The principal campaign committee of a candidate participating in the general election must file pre- and post-general election reports.

Quarterly filing PACs and party committees that make contributions or expenditures (including independent expenditures) in connection with an election in 2020 must also file a pre-election report, if the activity was not previously reported.

More information about pre- and post-election reporting periods can be found at:

Quarterly schedule

Report Close of books [1] Filing deadline
Year-End 2019
Congressional
Presidential
PACs and parties
12/31/2019 01/31/2020
April Quarterly
Congressional, PACs and parties
Presidential
03/31/2020 04/15/2020
July Quarterly
Congressional, PACs and parties
Presidential
06/30/2020 07/15/2020
October Quarterly
Congressional, PACs and parties
Presidential
09/30/2020 10/15/2020
Pre-General [2]
Congressional
PACs and parties [3]
Presidential
10/14/2020 10/22/2020
Post-General
Congressional
PACs and parties
Presidential
11/23/2020 12/03/2020
Year-End 2020
Congressional
PACs and parties
Presidential
12/31/2020 01/31/2021 [4]

FOOTNOTES:
[1] These dates indicate the end of the reporting period. A reporting period always begins the day after of the last report filed. If the committee is new and has not previously filed a report, the first report must cover all activity that occurred before the committee registered up through the close of books for the first report due.

[2] If sent by registered or certified mail, the Pre-General must be postmarked on or before October 19. If using overnight mail, the delivery service must receive the report on or before October 19.

[3] Required for quarterly-filing PACs and parties only if committee makes contributions or expenditures in connection with election during the reporting period.

[4] Notice that this filing deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday. Filing deadlines are not extended when they fall on nonworking days. Accordingly, reports filed by methods other than registered, certified or overnight mail must be received by close of business on the last business day before the deadline.

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.

Paper filing

Paper filers must ensure their reports are received by the filing deadline. Report filing options: registered, certified or overnight or first-class mail.