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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

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




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 Click here to receive the tips as an RSS feed.

October 17, 2016 Do I Have to File a Pre-General Report? If you are a monthly filer or an authorized committee of a candidate in the 2016 general election, the answer is automatically YES. (Please note that monthly-filing PACs/party committees also must file their regular monthly report covering September on Thursday, October 20.) If you are a quarterly-filing PAC or party committee, you must file a pre-general report only if your committee made contributions or expenditures in connection with the general election between October 1 and October 19, 2016. The Pre-General report is due Thursday, October 27. If sent by registered or certified mail, the Pre-General must be postmarked on or before October 24. If using overnight mail, the delivery service must receive the report on or before October 24. For additional help with your October reports, please consult the sources listed in last week’s tip.
October 11, 2016 October Reporting Reminders. Quarterly filers have a report due Saturday, October 15, and monthly filers have a report due Thursday, October 20. Both cover activity through September 30.

Please note that the FEC does not have authority to extend filing deadlines, even when they fall on weekends or holidays. Quarterly filers should plan accordingly. Reports sent by registered, certified or overnight mail must be postmarked no later than October 15, and paper filings sent by other means must be received by close of business on/before the last business day before the deadline (i.e., Friday, October 14). Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. ET on October 15 to submit their reports on time.

Staff in the Reports Analysis Division and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 14 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 reporting information for all types of filers, consult this Record article and and our Reporting FAQs page.

October 3, 2016 Revisions to Several FEC Forms and Instructions Released. On October 3, 2016, the Commission released revised versions of several reporting forms and instructions The form changes are technical and cosmetic in nature, and are intended to assist with compliance, provide clearer disclosure, and make the agency's forms more consistent with one another. Committees should begin using the revised forms immediately. Copies can be downloaded from the FEC website at or ordered by calling, toll-free, 1-800/424-9530 (press 6) or sending an email to For more information on the changes, see this Record article.
October 3, 2016 What's in a name? Variations in the way committees list an individual's name on their FEC reports can create inconsistencies in the public record. To address this concern, the Commission has standardized listings for individuals' names in the latest version of FECPrint, the electronic filing tool that generates images of FEC reporting forms. The new format lists an individual's last name, first name, middle name, prefix, and suffix. For instance, Dr. John Q. Public, Sr. would appear on the FECPrint form as Public, John, Q., Dr., Sr.. Commas appear between each data field regardless of the content, so John Public, Jr. would be listed as Public, John, , , Jr.. The new format should improve the consistency of FEC data.

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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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