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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.

September 19, 2016 September Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded that they have a report due Tuesday, September 20, covering the month of August. Quarterly filers do not have a regularly scheduled report due this month, but if they have made previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures in connection with an upcoming primary or special election, 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. For additional reporting information for all types of filers, consult this Record article and our Reporting FAQs page.
September 12, 2016 Endorsing a Candidate for Another Office. During this point of the election cycle, federal candidates often endorse other federal or nonfederal candidates in public communications, such as robocalls or direct mass mailings. When a federal candidate does this, the costs incurred by the other campaign for the communication are not considered to be a contribution from that campaign to the federal candidate, as long as the communication does not promote or support the federal candidate or attack or oppose the federal candidate's opponents. See 11 CFR 109.21(g). For more information on the rules for candidates supporting one another in campaign materials and public communications, see "Support From Other Campaigns" on page 42 of the Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates.
September 6, 2016 Electioneering Communications General Election Filing Period Begins This Friday. The electioneering communications period for the general election begins on Friday, September 9 and runs through November 8. Any person who makes electioneering communications that aggregate more than $10,000 during this time period must file disclosure statements with the Commission within 24 hours of the date the electioneering communication is publicly distributed. For more information, visit http://www.fec.gov/info/charts_ec_dates_2016.shtml.
August 29, 2016 Be Sure to Stand By Your TV and Radio Ads. As we enter the last months of the election cycle, many political committees and other entities will run last-minute radio and television ads to reach potential voters. Many of those ads will need disclaimers that — among other things — identify who paid for the message and indicate whether the ad was authorized by a candidate. Check out this Record article for answers to common questions about the proper wording and display for disclaimers on radio and television ads.

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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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