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 25, 2016||How Much May I Contribute to a Presidential Candidate? During the 2016 primaries, an individual or a non-multicandidate PAC could contribute up to $2,700 (multicandidate PAC: $5,000) to a presidential candidate. That primary limit applies to the entire primary process, including the convention, rather than to a single primary held in particular state. For the 2016 general election, an individual or a non-multicandidate PAC may contribute an additional $2,700 (multicandidate PAC: $5,000) to a presidential candidate. Please note that if a major party nominee accepts a general election grant under the presidential public funding program, that candidate cannot raise any private contributions for the general election.|
|July 18, 2016||All Committees Need an Employer Identification Number. The IRS requires political committees to obtain a tax ID number, formally referred to as an employer identification number (EIN). Your committee will need this number to open a bank account. The preferred and quickest way to obtain your committee's EIN is via the IRS's website. Visit https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/apply-for-an-employer-identification-number-ein-online to begin the online EIN application process. Please note: An EIN is not the same as your FEC committee ID number and should not be listed on any FEC filings. The FEC does not issue EINs, nor may FEC staff answer questions about the rules that pertain to them or other tax law requirements. Visit https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/employer-identification-numbers-for-tax-exempt-organizations for information about EINs and https://www.irs.gov/polorgs for information about general IRS requirements for political organizations.|
|July 11, 2016||July Reporting Reminder. July Quarterly reports covering activity through June 30 are due Friday, July 15. Monthly filers, meanwhile, have a report due Wednesday, July 20, covering the month of June. See this Record article for more information. Staff in the Reports Analysis Division and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 p.m. EDT on July 15 to answer questions regarding the content and filing of reports. To reach RAD, call 1-800-424-9530 (press 5) or 202-694-1130. For help with technical issues relating to electronic filing, dial the same toll-free number and press 4. The E-Filing Office can also be reached locally at 202-694-1307. For additional help, see our tips for treasurers page and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page compiled by RAD, as well as our help with reporting and compliance page for useful links to publications, reporting schedules, forms and other resources for committee treasurers.|
|July 6, 2016||Proposed Revisions to FEC Forms and Instructions. The Commission has posted proposed revisions to Forms 3, 3P, 3X, 6 and Instructions. The changes are intended to assist with compliance, provide clearer disclosure, and make the forms more consistent with one another. The Commission requests public comments on the proposed revisions to be sent to email@example.com by July 13, 2016.|
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 Contribuciones (en Español) FEC and the Federal Campaign Finance Law La CEF y la Ley para las Campañas de Elecciones Federales (en Español) - 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 (en Español) -
- 2015-2016 Contribution Limits [PDF]
- 2016 Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits
- Compliance Map
Click on your state to access reporting dates and other applicable compliance information, including independent expenditure periods, coordination time frames, 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).