To qualify as a multicandidate committee, an SSF must have:
- Been registered with the FEC for at least six months;
- Received contributions from more than 50 persons; and
- Contributed to five or more federal candidates.
As to the third qualification, there is no minimum amount that must be contributed to each of the five candidates; the five qualifying contributions may be made over more than one election cycle.
The multicandidate contribution limits apply as soon as the committee meets the criteria for multicandidate status.
Disclosure of multicandidate committee status
Once a committee qualifies as a multicandidate committee, the treasurer must file Form 1M, “Notification of Multicandidate Status” within 10 days.
When making contributions to candidates, a multicandidate SSF must notify the recipient candidate or campaign committee in writing that it has qualified as a multicandidate committee. For convenience, the statement may be pre-printed on the committee’s checks, letterhead or other appropriate materials.
The treasurer must also indicate that the committee has qualified as a multicandidate committee on the Summary Page of each report filed.