An earmarked contribution is a contribution that a contributor directs (either orally or in writing) to a clearly identified candidate or authorized committee through an intermediary or conduit. Committees report information about both the original contributor and the conduit that handled the contribution.
Reporting on candidate forms
House and Senate committees report contributions received through conduits on Form 3, Schedule A. The line number used to report a contribution given through a conduit depends on who is giving the original contribution. An original contribution that comes from an individual is reported on Line 11(a)(i) while an original contribution that comes from a political action committee is reported on Line 11(c).
For example, Mary Smith gives a $2,500 contribution to the Mount Vernon Association PAC with instructions to give the contribution to Martha Washington’s committee.
Reporting with FECFile
Enter the original contribution on the appropriate line of the Summary Page. Right click on the entry and click “transaction split” to create the memo item for the conduit’s information.