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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.

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.

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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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