In the run-up to a general election, federal candidate committees frequently receive earmarked contributions, which come with specific reporting requirements.
An earmarked contribution is a contribution that a contributor directs (either orally or in writing) to a clearly identified candidate or authorized committee through an intermediary or conduit.
Authorized committees receiving earmarked contributions disclose information about the original contributor, including the date of receipt of the contribution by the conduit. In addition, the information about the conduit that handled the contribution is disclosed as a memo entry, including the committee’s date of receipt from the conduit and the amount received on that date. For help reporting earmarked contributions, please visit our contributions received through conduits page.