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How to report

Contributions to federal candidates

Reporting on PAC forms

Political action committees report making contributions to federal candidates in the “contributions to federal candidates/committees and other political committees” category on Form 3X, Line 23. The committee must itemize contributions to federal candidates on Schedule B for Line 23 regardless of the amount of the contribution.

To itemize the contribution, the committee discloses:

  • Name of payee
  • Address of payee
  • Date of disbursement
  • Amount of disbursement

In addition, the committee must also itemize information about the candidate receiving the contribution, including:

  • The recipient candidate’s name
  • The office sought
  • The state and, if applicable, congressional district

Including the election for which the contribution was made is strongly suggested. Contributions that are not designated to a specific election by the contributor will be counted as a contribution for the next upcoming election after the contribution is made.

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The committee reports giving a contribution to Friends of Carl Popper on Schedule B, supporting Line 23. It includes the committee’s identification number, address, date the contribution was given, amount, and election designation. The committee also reports Carl Popper as the candidate and that he’s seeking election to the House for New York’s 21st district.

Reporting with FECFile

To enter a contribution to a federal candidate, go to the Summary Page tab, right click on “Line 23 Contributions to other federal candidates and political committees” and select ”new.”

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