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.
|February 9, 2016||Check the Box to Report Memo Entries. Check boxes for "memo entries" have been added to certain schedules of FEC Forms 3 (House and Senate Campaigns), 3P (Presidential Campaigns) and 3X (PACs and Party Committees). Memo entries are used to provide supplemental or explanatory information on a reporting schedule and the dollar amount is not included the line item total. These entries are commonly used to report reimbursements, redesignations, reattributions, and transactions associated with credit card payments. The updated forms are available online at http://www.fec.gov/info/forms.shtml. The FECFile update (Build 220.127.116.11) is also available, and commercial software vendors are expected to incorporate the change in the coming days. Filers should use the updated forms for their next FEC report. For more information on memo entries, see the Reporting chapter of your Campaign Guide. If you have questions about how and when to use memo entries in FEC reporting, please call 800/424-9530 and speak with your committee's Campaign Finance Analyst (press 5) or an Information Specialist (press 6).|
|February 1, 2016||Register Now for the FECConnect Live Webinar for Party Committees. It's time to register for the FEC's February 24 webinar for party committees. Part of the FECConnect Live online training series, the February 24 webinar will focus on basic rules for fundraising, candidate support and FEC reporting for party committees, and will be the only FEC webinar this year solely intended for party committee staff with responsibility for compliance with federal campaign finance laws.|
|January 22, 2016||Year-End Reporting Reminder. Year-End reports covering activity through December 31 are due Sunday, January 31. Please note that the FEC does not have authority to extend filing deadlines, even when they fall on weekends or holidays. Filers should plan accordingly. Reports sent by registered, certified or overnight mail must be postmarked no later than January 31, and paper filings sent by other means must be received by close of business on the last business day before the deadline (i.e., Friday, January 29). Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. EST on January 31 to submit their reports on time.
Staff in the Reports Analysis Division and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 p.m. EST on January 29 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, beyond the links provided on the tips for treasurers page, please visit http://www.fec.gov/info/compliance.shtml for useful links to publications, reporting schedules, forms and other resources for committee treasurers.
|January 19, 2016||Cut-off Date for Year-End Reports. Committees often ask if they may include funds raised in January in their Year-End FEC reports. Under Commission regulations, the date of receipt is used for reporting purposes, so committees should include only those contributions received by December 31, 2015, on their January 31 Year-End report. Contributions received on January 1 or afterwards should be reported on the committee's next report, even if the check was dated or postmarked in December. For more information, see page 23 of the Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and this 2015 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 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 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).