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How to report

Recount-related disbursements

A federal campaign may establish a recount fund either as a separate bank account of the candidate’s authorized committee or as a separate entity. In either case, disbursements for recount expenses must be reported on the authorized committee’s reports as “Other Disbursements.”

Reporting on candidate forms

House and Senate committees report making recount-related disbursements in the “Other Disbursements” category on Form 3, Line 21. The committee must itemize the donation on Schedule B for Line 21 if payments to the same payee aggregate more than $200 for the election cycle.


The committee reports recount-related disbursements on Schedule B, supporting Line 17. It includes the payee’s name, John Jay, and mailing address. It also includes the date, amount, and purpose of disbursement. The committee noted that the disbursement was recount-related in the purpose of disbursement field.

Reporting with FECFile

To enter a recount-related disbursement, go to the Summary Page tab, right click on “Line 21 Other disbursements” and select ”new.”

Learn more about reporting disbursements in FECFile