If the cost of an independent expenditure is not known at the time it is disseminated, the party committee estimates the cost on the 24 or 48-hour report.
Reporting the estimate
The party committee estimates the cost of the independent expenditure on its 24 or 48-hour report using Form 3X, Schedule E. In the purpose field, clearly indicate that the amount is an estimate.
Reporting the actual cost
The party committee reports the actual cost of the independent expenditure on its next regularly scheduled report using Form 3X, Schedule E. In the purpose field, note that the amount is the correct amount and the amount initially reported on the 24 or 48-hour report was an estimate.
Reporting with FECFile
To enter independent expenditures, go to the Summary tab and right click on “Line 24 Independent expenditures.”