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.
|June 29, 2015||FEC e-Learning Videos for Treasurers and Other Committee Staff. If you have agreed to serve as a treasurer for an FEC-registered campaign, PAC or party committee, you have important legal responsibilities. This short video provides an overview of the legal obligations and basic duties that an individual assumes when becoming a political committee's treasurer. For more training videos for yourself and your committee or campaign's staff, visit our FECConnect on Demand page, where you'll find videos on topics such as contributions, fundraising, recordkeeping and electronic filing using FECFile.|
|June 22, 2015||Include the FEC in Your Summer Plans. As you schedule your summer vacations, don't forget to set aside time to work on your FEC report. As detailed in this Record article, every FEC-registered committee has a report due in July—either a Quarterly, Monthly or Mid-Year. Later, as the summer begins to wind down, the FEC will host its first regional conference of the cycle, August 25-26, in Chicago. So, head back to school with this two-day in-person training for campaigns, corporate/labor/trade PACs and party committees. In the meantime, enjoy your summer!|
|June 15, 2015||Reminder: Monthly Reports Due Saturday. Monthly filers have a report due Saturday, June 20, covering the month of May. 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 June 20, 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, June 19). Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. ET on June 20 to submit their reports on time. Quarterly filers do not have a regularly scheduled report due this month, but if they have made contributions or expenditures in connection with ongoing special elections, 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.|
|June 9, 2015||Use Two Emails on Form 1. Did you know that your political committees has the option to add a second email address to their contact information? By adding a second email address on your FEC Form 1 (Statement of Organization), your committee will receive FEC correspondence at both email addresses—an option that can come in very handy during summer vacation time! To add a second email address, simply amend your FEC Form 1 and enter one email address in each of the two boxes provided on the paper form [PDF], our webform or in FECFile. Note that if your electronic filing software provides only one box, enter both addresses, separated by a comma or semi-colon. Should you have any questions, please contact your committee’s Campaign Finance Analyst at 1/800-424-9530 (press 5).|
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]
- 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).