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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to receive the tips as an RSS feed.
|July 27, 2015||Paying a Nonconnected PAC's Administrative Expenses. A nonconnected PAC may use the money it raises for any lawful purpose consistent with the Act and FEC regulations, including paying the PAC's administrative expenses. See Advisory Opinions 1991-21 and 1985-34. Generally, anything of value given to a nonconnected PAC — including the in-kind payment of administrative expenses by a sponsoring organization or other donor — is considered a contribution, unless it fits into an exemption (for example, an individual volunteering their personal services to the PAC).|
|July 20, 2015||July Reporting Reminder for PACs and Party Committees. PACs and party committees that filed on a quarterly basis in 2014 must file a Mid-Year report due Friday, July 31. (Monthly filers have a report due today, July 20, covering the month of June.) Staff in the Reports Analysis Division (RAD) and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 pm eastern on July 31 to answer questions regarding the content and filing of reports. To reach RAD, call 800-424-9530 (press 5) or 202-694-1130. For help with technical issues relating to electronic filing, dial the same toll-free number and press 4 or call 202-694-1307.
|July 13, 2015||Last-minute Filing Information for Campaign Committees and all Monthly Filers. Campaign committees (except for monthly filing Presidential campaigns) have a report due Wednesday, July 15, covering activity from the closing date of their last report through June 30. Monthly filers (including some Presidential campaigns) have a report due Monday, July 20, covering the month of June. Staff in the Reports Analysis Division (RAD) and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 pm eastern on July 15 to answer questions regarding the content and filing of reports. To reach RAD, call 800-424-9530 (press 5) or 202-694-1130. For help with technical issues relating to electronic filing, dial the same toll-free number and press 4 or call 202-694-1307.|
|July 6, 2015||Cut-off Date for July Reports. Campaigns often ask if they may include their Independence Day fundraising receipts in their July FEC reports. Under Commission regulations, the date of receipt is used for reporting purposes, so campaigns should include only those contributions received by June 30 on their July 15 quarterly or July 20 monthly report, as appropriate. Contributions received on July 1 or afterwards should be reported on the committee's next report (i.e., the October 15 quarterly or August 20 monthly report), even if the check is dated or postmarked in June. For more information, see page 23 of the Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and this 2014 tip for treasurers. (As always, committees involved in a special election should follow the reporting schedule for that 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).