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Registering as a political party committee

Party committees must register within 10 days of exceeding any of the following thresholds in a calendar year. After registering, the committee will need to file regular reports of the its activity.

State or national organization thresholds

  • Raises or spends more than $1,000 in contributions or expenditures.

Local organization thresholds

  • Raises more than $5,000 in contributions. 
  • Spends more than $1,000 on contributions or expenditures. 
  • Spends more than $5,000 on exempt party activities

How to register

Register by filing a Statement of Organization (Form 1) with the FEC. The Statement of Organization collects some basic information, including the party committee's full name, address and treasurer. 

If information disclosed on the Statement of Organization ever changes, the committee must report that change within 10 days. Do this by filing an amended Statement of Organization. If the party committee isn’t an electronic filer, update the Statement of Organization by letter.

The Statement of Organization is available in the following formats:

Read step-by-step Form 1 instructions.

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