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Resources for Committee Treasurers

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.

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Information on E-Mail ProgramAs 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 info@fec.gov.

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.


 

 


Tips for Treasurers

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 info@fec.gov. Click here to receive the tips as an RSS feed.

August 29, 2014 FECA Moves from Title 2 to Title 52 of the US Code. As of September 1, 2014, federal campaign finance laws (currently found in 2 U.S.C. §431 et seq) will be consolidated with other laws governing voting and elections in the new title 52 of the United States Code. The FEC will compile and distribute a new version of our "Orange Book" to reflect the changes and will announce its availability in the Record, through our Tips for Treasurers and on the Federal Campaign Finance Laws page of our website. In the meantime, see this Record article for more information and a link to the new title 52 paired with a conversion table.
August 25, 2014 Limit for Campaign-to-Campaign Contributions is Still $2,000 Per Election. A special limit of $2,000 per election applies to contributions made from the authorized committee of one candidate to another. Unlike some other contribution limits, this limit is not indexed for inflation. To properly disclose such contributions, the committee making the contribution must itemize it on Schedule B for Line 21 (Other Disbursements), regardless of amount. The recipient committee must itemize it on Schedule A for Line 11(c) (Contributions from Other Political Committees), regardless of amount.
August 20, 2014 August Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded they have a report due today, 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 or regular primary elections, they may have to file additional reports. Quarterly filers should refer to the FEC's compliance map to determine if an additional report is required.
August 11, 2014 Sign Up Now for the Pre-Election Communications Roundtable Workshop! The Commission will offer a workshop on pre-election communications at its headquarters in Washington, DC, on Thursday, August 21. Topics will include electioneering communications, coordinated communications and independent expenditures. A webinar option is available for those who cannot attend in person. For more information, or to sign up, go to http://www.fec.gov/info/outreach.shtml#roundtables.

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Selected Publications

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

Campaign Guides are compliance manuals for committees registered with the FEC. The guide supplements summarize relevant post-publication rules and opinions.

Brochures and Handouts

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.

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Video Workshops and Interactive Presentations

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Reporting Help and Filing Information

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).

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