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Welcome to the Federal Election Commission's E-Learning page. As part of its effort to promote voluntary compliance with the federal campaign finance laws, the Commission is pleased to provide access to a variety of instructional materials, including video workshops and interactive presentations. These materials supplement our publications, reporting information, tips for treasurers and other educational outreach programs. Should you have questions after reviewing any of these materials, please contact the FEC's Information Division, toll-free at 800-424-9530 or by e-mail to info@fec.gov.

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Basics: FEC and the Campaign Finance Law

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A Citizens' Guide to Supporting Federal Candidates closed captioning [Interactive]
A general description of three common ways citizens support candidates: contributions, independent expenditures and volunteer activities.

Committee Treasurers
A description of the many responsibilities committee treasurers have under the Federal Election Campaign Act.

An overview of the limitations and prohibitions that apply to contributions.

The FEC and the Federal Campaign Finance Law

An overview of the Commission and the laws it administers and enforces.

Volunteer Activity
An overview of the volunteer activities individuals may engage in to support federal candidates and committees

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Committee Operations: Candidates, Parties and PACs

Candidate Solicitations
A briefing on the rules governing federal candidate or officeholder participation in nonfederal fundraising.

Corporate PAC Solicitations
An overview of the basic rules for soliciations by a separate segregated fund.

Joint Fundraising
An overview of the rules governing joint fundraisers.

Local Party 101
A brief introduction to the rules governing local parties' participation in federal elections.

Redesignations and Reattributions
A brief review of the procedures for redesignating or reattributing the excessive portion of contributions received.

Shays III - FEA and Coordination Rules
An overview of the federal election activity and coordination regulations promulgated in response to the Shays III litigation.


Disclosure: Registration and Reporting (including E-Filing)

Candidate Registration

Step-by-step instructions for registering with the FEC as a candidate for federal office.

FECFile Introduction
An introduction to FECfile, the Federal Election Commission's free electronic filing software.

FECFile for Authorized Committees
A Step-by-Step guide for creating a candidate committee in FECFile.

FECFile for PACs and Party Committees
A Step-by-Step guide for creating a Political Action Committee (PAC) or Political Party Committee in FECFile.

Lobbyist Bundling Disclosure
A six-part series of excerpts from the FEC's April 29, 2009, workshop on lobbyist bundling disclosure. Parts 1-4 summarize the regulatory requirements and Parts 5-6 provide reporting examples.

Nonconnected PAC Registration

Step-by-step instructions for registering a nonconnected PAC with the FEC.

Party Committee Registration
Step-by-step instructions for registering a party committee with the FEC.

Sale and Use
A summary of the restrictions that apply to the use of contributor information disclosed on FEC reports.

SSF Registration

Step-by-step instructions for registering a corporate, labor, trade association or membership organization separate segregated fund (SSF or PAC) with the FEC.

Testing the Waters

An individual may raise and spend funds to test the waters for a potential candidacy without having to register or report with the FEC. This presentation describes the applicable rules.
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More videos coming soon!


Popular Topics and Recent Developments

Best Practices: Internal Controls & Recordkeeping
A three-part series highlighting best practices for committee management.

Corporate/Labor Activity after Citizens United
Interim guidance for corporations and labor organizations that intend to engage in activity permitted by the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

Election-related Communications
Election-related Communications
Interactive presentation that identifies types of communications and applicable rules.




The videos on this page address aspects of federal campaign finance law. They are not intended to replace the law or to change its meaning, nor do these videos create or confer any rights for or on any person or bind the Federal Election Commission (Commission) or the public. The viewer is encouraged to consult the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (2 U.S.C. §431 et seq.), Commission regulations (Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations), Commission advisory opinions, and applicable court decisions.