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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.
About candidates and committees
- Registration and reporting
- including: the role of committee treasurers
- Candidates for President, Senate and House
- including: personal financial disclosures
- Political Action Committees (PACs)
- including: SSFs, nonconnected committees, Super PACs, Hybrid PACs and Leadership PACs
Tax exempt status for committees is determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which maintains its own political organization website
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.
- including: Electoral College, election results and observing elections