Certain types of Federal Election Activity (FEA) must be paid using 100 percent federal funds:
- Type 3: A public communication that promotes, supports, attacks or opposes any federal candidate.
- Type 4: Salaries, wages and fringe benefits of any employees who spend more than 25 percent of their compensated time in a given month on FEA or on activities in connection with a federal election.
- Type 1 or Type 2 FEA that refers to a clearly identified federal candidate.
The Freedom Party State Committee pays for a billboard promoting their Congressperson. The billboard does not contain express advocacy and the party did not speak with the Congressperson about the ad.
Payments (Schedule B)
FEA paid for with 100 percent federal funds must be itemized on Schedule B, supporting Line 30(b).
Note: while all independent expenditures and certain coordinated party expenditures qualify as FEA and must be paid with 100 percent federal funds, they must be reported on Schedule E and Schedule F, respectively.
Public communications that do not qualify as exempt party activity or Federal Election Activity, refer to a clearly identified federal candidate, and expressly advocate the election or defeat of the federal candidate are be disclosed as:
- an in-kind contribution to the candidate;
- an independent expenditure; or
- a coordinated party expenditure.
Any state, district or local party committee that engages in reportable Federal Election Activity must file monthly.
Reporting with FECFile
To enter an expenditure for FEA paid entirely with federal funds, go to the Summary Page tab, right click on Line 30(b) and select "New."