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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Click here to receive the tips as an RSS feed.
|March 4, 2015||Candidates and Committees May Now Submit FEC Forms 1 and 2 Online. The FEC has developed webforms that will allow most federal candidates and committees to register with the Commission online (as well as amend registration forms already submitted). The Statement of Organization (Form 1) and Statement of Candidacy (Form 2) webforms are available on the Registration and Reporting Forms and Online Webforms pages of FEC.gov. For more information, see this FEC Record article.|
|March 2, 2015||Keep Up to Date on FEC-Related News. If you are looking for a way to keep yourself current on FEC-related news, be sure to subscribe to the FEC Record and the Weekly Digest. The Record features timely articles on reporting, litigation, newly-released advisory opinions and other topics of interest to political committees and their treasurers. The Record is updated as developments occur, but—if you prefer—you can sign up to receive a monthly compilation of Record articles in PDF format. The Weekly Digest is published every Friday afternoon and offers a quick snapshot of the week's happenings at the Commission. By subscribing to both the FEC Record and the Weekly Digest, you can get the news when you want it and ensure that you won't miss any FEC-related developments.|
|February 23, 2015||Register Now for the FECConnect Live Webinar for Membership and Labor Organizations and their PACs. Registration is now open for the FEC's March 25 webinar on federal campaign finance law for membership organizations, labor organizations, and their political action committees. Part of the new FECConnect Live online training series, the March 25 webinar will focus on basic rules for fundraising and FEC reporting for member/labor PACs, and is intended for membership and labor organization PAC treasurers and other staff with responsibility for compliance with federal campaign finance laws. (Note: While trade associations are a type of membership organization, their treasurers and staff should plan to attend our April webinar focusing on special rules that apply to trade association PACs. Registration information for the webinar will be available soon.)|
|February 17, 2015||FEC Issues Interim Reporting Guidance for National Party Committee Accounts. Provisions of the appropriations act signed into law on December 16, 2014 (H.R. 83) enable national party committees to establish accounts to defray certain expenses incurred with respect to Presidential nominating conventions, national party headquarters buildings, and election recounts and contests and other legal proceedings. Until the Commission adopts new regulations, national party committees that establish such accounts should report the activities of these types of accounts pursuant to this guidance.
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]
- Title 2 Conversion to Title 52 of U.S.C.: Record article | Conversion chart combined with Title 52 [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).