skip navigation

Monthly reports by presidential campaigns

Authorized committees of presidential candidates follow specific filing requirements that vary depending on whether it is an election year or not.

Election year filing

If on January 1 of the election year, the committee has received or anticipates receiving contributions aggregating $100,000 or more, or has made or anticipates making expenditures aggregating $100,000 or more, it must file monthly reports. If a presidential committee begins filing quarterly and then reaches the $100,000 threshold during the election year, the committee begins filing monthly reports at the next reporting period. Presidential committees filing monthly report electronically on Form 3P.

When a committee files its first report, it must include all “receipts" and "disbursements" that occurred before registration. This includes any receipts and disbursements made during the “testing the waters” (or exploratory) period. The coverage period of the first report should be adjusted to date back to the beginning of the committee’s financial activity.

Report type Dates covered (full month) Due
Monthly
(Form 3P)
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
February 20
March 20
April 20
May 20
June 20
July 20
August 20
September 20
October 20
Pre-general (Form 3P) October 1 through the 20th day before the general election 12 days before the general election or postmarked 15 days before the general election, if filing by registered, certified or overnight mail
Post-general (Form 3P) Close of pre-general report through the 20th day after the general election 30 days after the general election
Year-end (Form 3P) Close of post-general report through December 31 January 31 (following year)

Non-election year

All principal campaign committees of current and former presidential candidates must file either quarterly or monthly reports in non-election years. If a committee would like to change its reporting schedule (for example, from monthly to quarterly) it must notify the Commission in writing and may change its filing frequency no more than once per calendar year. Electronic filers may use Form 99 to notify the FEC of a filing frequency change.

Report type Dates covered (full month) Due
Monthly
(Form 3P)
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
February 20
March 20
April 20
May 20
June 20
July 20
August 20
September 20
October 20
November 20
December 20
Year-end (Form 3P) December January 31 (following year)

Continuing to file

Committees must continue to file reports even if their candidate retires, withdraws, loses the primary or otherwise drops out of the race before the general election. Generally, committees must continue to file reports until the committee completes the termination process.

}