An inaugural committee is appointed by the President-elect to be in charge of the presidential inaugural ceremony and activities connected with the ceremony.
The inaugural committee must register with the FEC by filing a signed letter within 15 days of appointment by the President-elect containing the following information:
- The name and address of the inaugural committee;
- The name of the chairperson, or the name and title of another officer who will serve as the point of contact; and
- A statement agreeing to comply with the reporting and recordkeeping requirements and with the prohibition on accepting donations from foreign nationals.
Foreign nationals are prohibited from making and inaugural committees are prohibited from knowingly accepting donations from foreign nationals.
Donations to an inaugural committee are not subject to any contribution amount limitations. In addition, an inaugural committee may accept donations from corporations and labor organizations.
This committee is required to disclose to the FEC donations received. This report is due to the FEC no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the 90th day following the date of the presidential inaugural ceremony. Additionally, the committee may be required to file supplemental reports if certain activities occur after the close of books for the initial report.
The report, filed on Form 13, must include for each donation of money or anything of value aggregating $200 or more:
- The donor's name and mailing address;
- The amount of each donation;
- The date of receipt by the inaugural committee; and
- The aggregate total of donations accepted to date from that donor.
The inaugural committee must retain copies of its filings and related records for a period of not less than three years from the date of filing.