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Registration and reporting

Federal candidates and political committees must register with the FEC when they reach certain thresholds. Once registered, they file regular reports about their financial activity.

This website’s help for candidates and committees section explains the reporting requirements that apply to each committee type. 

The role of committee treasurers

Under federal campaign finance law, a political committee must have a treasurer before it conducts financial transactions. Under the law, a political committee may not accept contributions or make expenditures without a treasurer.