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Reporting Recount-Related Donations and Disbursements

Committees that raise or spend funds for an election recount should follow the instructions below to report their recount-related donations and disbursements. These instructions are based on the guidance provided in Advisory Opinion 2006-24. These examples are not exhaustive; for more information or for guidance on more complicated transactions, please contact your committee's Campaign Finance Analyst in the Reports Analysis Division.

Instructions for Campaigns

A federal campaign may establish a recount fund either as a separate bank account of the candidate’s authorized committee or as a separate entity. In either case, the receipts and disbursements for recount expenses must be reported on the authorized committee’s reports as “Other Receipts” and “Other Disbursements.”

Reporting Recount Donations

A campaign must include amounts received for a recount in its total for "Other Receipts," recorded on Line 15 of the Form 3 Detailed Summary Page (or of the Post-Election Detailed Summary Page, when filing the Post-General report). As illustrated below, the campaign must itemize the donation on Schedule A for Line 15 if the aggregate receipts from that donor exceed $200 for the election cycle. (Note: For purposes of aggregation, the election cycle begins the day after the general election.)

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Reporting Recount Disbursements

A campaign must include amounts spent on a recount in its total for "Other Disbursements," recorded on Line 21 of the Form 3 Detailed Summary Page (or of the Post-Election Detailed Summary Page when filing the Post-General report). As illustrated below, the campaign must itemize the disbursements on Schedule B for Line 21 if payments to the same payee aggregate more than $200 for the election cycle. (Note: For purposes of aggregation, the election cycle begins the day after the general election.)

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Instructions for Party Committees

In some cases, a party committee may wish to raise and spend funds with respect to a recount in connection with a federal election. When doing so, the party committee must establish a separate federal account to pay for all federal recount activity and may not finance any recount activities from a nonfederal account. As with campaign committees, the party committee would report donations for recount purposes as "Other Receipts" and disbursements for recount purposes as "Other Disbursements."

Reporting Recount Donations

A party committee must include amounts received for a recount in its total for "Other Receipts," recorded on Line 17 of the Form 3X Detailed Summary Page. As illustrated below, the committee must itemize the donation on Schedule A for Line 17 if the aggregate receipts from that donor exceed $200 for the calendar year. Note "recount" in the amount box (if using software, use the transaction description field to enter text).

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Reporting Recount Disbursements:

A party committee must include amounts spent on a recount in its total for "Other Disbursements," recorded on Line 29 of the Form 3X Detailed Summary Page. As illustrated below, the party committee must itemize the disbursement on Schedule B for Line 29 if payments to the same payee aggregate more than $200 for the calendar year.

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