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Agency overview

Campaign finance law

The FEC has exclusive jurisdiction over the civil enforcement of federal campaign finance law. The Commission does not have authority over criminal enforcement.

Fundraising and contributions

  • Fundraising
    • including: joint fundraising and selling or raffling items for fundraising purposes
  • Contributions
    • including: prohibited sources, in-kind contributions and earmarked vs. bundled contributions

About candidates and committees

Public and coordinated communications

Voting and election results

The Federal Election Campaign Act authorizes the Commission to administer federal campaign finance laws, which regulate all candidates for federal office.  However, the Act does not empower the FEC to regulate matters related to ballot access, voting machines and other voting issues, the Electoral College and issues relating to House and Senate ethics and the IRS.  As such, the Commission is not the agency that would handle matters related to these issues.