The treasurer of a political committee registered with the Federal Election Commission is legally responsible for that committee's compliance with the federal campaign finance laws. The Commission has developed this page to help treasurers fulfill that responsibility.
As you'll see, this page not only provides links to an array of helpful publications, online presentations and other pages, it also offers timely tips and reminders to help treasurers meet their obligations under the law. As an added feature, you can subscribe to receive automatic notification of updates to this page via RSS. We also invite you to ask questions, provide feedback and offer your own compliance tips by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to these online resources, the FEC staffs a toll-free information hotline (800-424-9530), and offers periodic educational workshops for treasurers. Please visit our Outreach page for details, and sign up to receive program updates by email at Conferences@fec.gov.
This section offers helpful tips -- both from the FEC and from your fellow treasurers -- to help you meet your obligations under the federal campaign finance law. To suggest a tip, please email us at email@example.com. Click here to receive the tips as an RSS feed.
|September 1, 2015||Nonfederal Fundraising by Federal Candidates. Several states will hold elections for nonfederal offices this November. Federal candidates and officeholders that wish to aid candidates and party organizations participating in nonfederal races with fundraising may solicit funds that comply with the Act’s limitations and prohibitions and applicable State law at a nonfederal fundraising event, as long as the solicitation either (1) is limited on its face to federally permissible funds, or (2) the candidate or officeholder uses an appropriate, clear and conspicuous written or oral disclaimer that the solicitation is limited to federally permissible funds. For more information and examples of wording to use, please visit http://www.fec.gov/law/nonfederalfundraisingfaq2.shtml.|
|August 24, 2015||Back to School With the FEC. Come learn the campaign finance law from the people who administer and enforce it. Register today for the FEC's October 20-21 regional conference in San Diego, CA. Intended for House and Senate campaigns, corporate/labor/trade PACs, and state and local political party committees, this conference will offer workshops on fundraising, reporting and communications. Workshops will focus on best practices and ways to avoid compliance problems, and provide updates on the latest developments in campaign finance law. Register by September 18 to take advantage of our early registration discount! In addition to the conference, the FEC will conduct a webinar on FECFile for campaigns on September 30. For more information, visit http://www.fec.gov/info/outreach.shtml#roundtables.|
|August 18, 2015||August Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded they have a report due, Thursday, August 20, covering the month of July. Quarterly filers do not have a regularly scheduled report due this month, but if they have made contributions or expenditures in connection with ongoing special elections, they may have to file additional reports. Quarterly filers should refer to the FEC's compliance map and the August 3 tip to determine if an additional report is required.|
|August 3, 2015||September’s Special Election in IL May Affect Your August Reporting. Candidates involved in the September 10 special general election in Illinois’ 18th Congressional district must file a pre-general report due August 29 that covers financial activity from July 1 through August 21, and a post-general report, due October 10, that covers August 22 through September 30. Based on the timing of the post-general, the October Quarterly is waived for those campaigns.
PACs and parties that file on a semi-annual basis in 2015 and that have made previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures in connection with the special election must file the appropriate pre- and post-election reports too. (Monthly filers, however, do not need to file special election reports.) For more information, see the FEC's Compliance Map and click on Illinois and any other state(s) where your PAC or party has been active in a special election.
Timely Tips Archive:
This section provides links to publications designed specifically for committee treasurers. Additional publications are available in the FEC Library, through our Quick Answers pages and on our Publications page.
FEC Record News Page
Reading articles posted on the FEC Record news page is one of the best ways to stay current on the law and your obligations as a treasurer. At the beginning of each month, the Commission compiles the previous month's articles into a print-friendly document and e-mails treasurers to let them know it's available. Additionally, an archive of every monthly Record from 1977 - present is available online. Sign-up to receive email notification when a new article is posted.
Campaign Guides are compliance manuals for committees registered with the FEC. The guide supplements summarize relevant post-publication rules and opinions.
- Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and Committees (June 2014) [PDF]
- Campaign Guide for Corporations and Labor Organizations (January 2007) [PDF]
- Campaign Guide for Nonconnected Committees (May 2008) [PDF]
- Campaign Guide for Political Party Committees (August 2013) [PDF]
- Notice to All Campaign Guide Users (October 2011)
Technical Information: The PDF files may be viewed or printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. The video presentations and interactive tutorials are available as either MPEG or SWF files. MPEG files may be viewed using a media player, such as Windows Media Player or Quicktime. SWF files may be viewed using Adobe Flash Player.
Brochure Title Links to Brochure Links to Presentation/Video Advisory Opinions - Best Practices for Committee Management Candidate Registration Committee Treasurers - Compliance with Laws Outside the FEC's Jurisdiction HTML - Contributions FEC and the Federal Campaign Finance Law La CEF y la Ley para las Campañas de Elecciones Federales
- Federal and State Campaign Finance Laws - Filing a Complaint - Foreign Nationals - Independent and Coordinated Expenditures - Internet Communications and Activity - Joint Fundraising Local Party Activity Special Notices on Political Ads and Solicitations - Separate Segregated Funds and Nonconnected PACs - Testing the Waters Volunteer Activity Actividades Voluntarias
- 2015-2016 Contribution Limits and Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits [PDF]
- Compliance Map
Click on your state to access reporting dates and other applicable compliance information, including independent expenditure periods, coordination timeframes, FEA and EC periods, as well as disclosure reports and ballot access information.
- Guideline for Presentation in Good Order (2008) (for Presidential campaigns seeking public funding) [PDF] [Word] [Appendices]
- Guidebook for Complainants and Respondents on the FEC Enforcement Process [PDF; 22 pages]
A summary of the FEC ’s general enforcement policies and procedures that provides a step-by-step guide through the agency’s enforcement process.
- Enforcement Procedures - FEC Directive 68 [PDF; 4 pages]
This section supplements the reporting and filing information contained in the publications listed above with links to additional information. Treasurers may also seek reporting and filing assistance from the Campaign Finance Analyst who reviews the committee's reports. To reach the Reports Analysis Division, call 800-424-9530 (press 5).