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Timely Tips Archive 2015

This page provides a comprehensive list of helpful tips that have appeared on our Resources for Committee Treasurers page during 2015. These tips are intended to help treasurers meet their obligations under the federal campaign finance law. To suggest a tip, please email us at info@fec.gov.

 

December 28, 2015 Time to Prepare for 2016. Happy holidays! As you prepare for the new year, it's a good time to make sure that you have updated your Statement of Organization (FEC Form 1 (Instructions)) to reflect any changes (e.g., staffing, mailing address, email address). Also, review your FECMail subscriptions to ensure that you're getting the latest information as soon as it's posted. January will bring updated reporting schedules, announcements of outreach opportunities, updated coordinated party expenditure limits and postings of other important information for committee treasurers.
December 21, 2015 Give Yourself the Gift of Education! Plan to register for FEC campaign finance webinars and conferences in 2016. The updated schedule is available on our Educational Outreach page.
December 14, 2015 December Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded that they have a report due Sunday, December 20, covering the month of November. 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 December 20, and paper filings sent by other means must be received by close of business on/before the last business day before the deadline (i.e., Friday, December 18). Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 20 to submit their reports on time. For additional reporting information for all types of filers, consult the "Looking Ahead" section on our Reporting Dates page (scroll to bottom of page) and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page compiled by the Reports Analysis Division.
December 8, 2015 FAQs for the Presidential Primary Season. With the first Presidential primaries and caucuses scheduled for early February, the Commission has begun to receive questions about the filing requirements associated with these elections:

1. Where can I find a list of the primary election dates? The complete list is available on our web site at http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2016/2016pdates.pdf.

2. What are the election year filing requirements for Presidential campaigns? Presidential campaigns that raise or spend $100,000 or more, or expect to do so, must file monthly reports during 2016. If the campaign is below this financial threshold, it must file reports on a quarterly schedule. All presidential campaigns must file a year end report on January 31, 2016. See http://www.fec.gov/pages/report_notices/2015/ye_prez_15.shtml which includes the complete 2016 presidential filing schedule for both monthly and quarterly filers.

3. Do PACs or parties have to file pre-election reports if they participate in the primaries or caucuses? If the committee is a monthly filer, no. If the committee is a quarterly filer and makes contributions or expenditures (including independent expenditures) in connection with a presidential primary election, it must also file a Pre-Election Report, if the activity was not previously reported. Note, however, that the Commission has not required pre-election reports for caucuses (See AO 1979-71). The FEC encourages quarterly filing PACs and party committees that make multiple contributions in different primaries to consider switching to monthly filing in order to simplify their reporting schedule. Committees who wish to change their reporting schedule must notify the Commission in writing when filing a report under the committee's current schedule.

For more answers to common presidential season questions, check out our Quick Answers page at http://www.fec.gov/ans/answers.shtml and the Reports Analysis Division's FAQ.

November 30, 2015 'Tis the Season for Holiday Greetings. The same disclaimer rules that apply to campaign-related mailings apply to holiday greeting cards and email messages as well, even though they usually do not solicit funds or contain express advocacy. If a campaign sends out more than 500 holiday greetings, (i.e., a mass mailing), it must include a disclaimer to inform recipients that it was paid for by the campaign committee. Similarly, a PAC or party committee that sends a holiday mass mailing must include a disclaimer that lets recipients know the committee paid for it, identifies the committee's full name and street address, phone number or web address, and states that the communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. For details and examples, see the Commission's brochure, Special Notices on Political Ads and Solicitations.
November 23, 2015 Register Now for FEC Nonconnected Committee Webinar. Spots remain available for the FEC's December 2 webinar on federal campaign finance law for nonconnected committees, including Super PACs, Hybrid PACs, Partnership PACs and Leadership PACs. Workshops will be specifically geared to these types of committees. For more information, see http://www.fec.gov/pages/fecrecord/2015/december/noncwebinar.shtml.
November 16, 2015 November Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded they have a report due, Thursday, November 20, covering the month of October. 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.
November 9, 2015 Contributions from Nonfederal Committees to Federal Campaigns. Federal campaigns often ask if they can accept a contribution from a nonfederal campaign, state PAC or local party organization that is not registered with the FEC. Such "nonfederal committees" may, under certain circumstances, contribute to federal candidates, but: (1) the funds that comprise the contribution must come from permissible sources under the Act; and (2) making the contribution may require the nonfederal committee to register with the FEC as a federal political committee, subject to federal laws and regulations. See this FEC Record article for a full explanation of the guidance that applies to making and receiving these donations.
November 2, 2015 New betaFEC Website Available. The Federal Election Commission introduced its betaFEC website on October 29, 2015, offering the public a first look at a redesign that will provide easier access to campaign finance data. The Commission seeks public feedback on the evolving website design. See this Record article for more information.
October 26, 2015 Register Now for November 18 FEC Candidate 101 Webinar. Spots remain available for the FEC's Candidate 101 webinar on November 18. Designed for treasurers and staff of first-time federal candidates and new personnel for incumbent candidates, this webinar will review the basics of federal campaign finance law for House and Senate campaigns. For information and registration materials, visit http://www.fec.gov/info/outreach.shtml#roundtables.
October 19, 2015 Compliance with Laws Outside the FEC's Jurisdiction. The FEC administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. However, there are several other laws related to federal elections and political activity that do not fall under the FEC's jurisdiction. To assist the public and the regulated community in identifying and contacting the agencies and offices responsible for administering those laws, the FEC has prepared this web page.
October 14, 2015 Last-minute Filing Information for Campaign Committees and all Monthly Filers. Campaign committees (except for monthly filing Presidential campaigns) have a report due Thursday, October 15, covering activity from the closing date of their last report through September 30. Monthly filers (including some Presidential campaigns) have a report due Tuesday, October 20, covering the month of September. Staff in the Reports Analysis Division (RAD) and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 pm eastern on October 15 to answer questions regarding the content and filing of reports. To reach RAD, call 800-424-9530 (press 5) or 202-694-1130. For help with technical issues relating to electronic filing, dial the same toll-free number and press 4 or call 202-694-1307.
October 5, 2015 Date Made / Date Received. Under FEC rules, the date a donor makes a contribution to a candidate and the date the campaign receives it are both important, but for different reasons.

The date a contribution is made determines which per-election limit the contribution counts against. For example, an undesignated contribution made (i.e., postmarked or hand-delivered) on or before the date of the primary election counts against the donor’s limit for that election. Undesignated contributions made after that date count toward the limit for the candidate’s next election (e.g., the general election).

The date a campaign receives a contribution is the date it lists on its FEC reports. For example, campaigns will include on their upcoming October Quarterly reports (due October 15) only those contributions received by September 30 (the close of books for that report). A contribution received on or after October 1 will be reported on the committee's Year-End report due January 31, even if the contribution was made (postmarked) in September.

More information on "Date Made" and "Date Received" may be found on page 23 of the Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates.

September 28, 2015 Preliminary List of Primary Dates for 2016 Now Available. The Commission has posted a preliminary list of presidential and congressional primary dates for 2016 for your planning purposes. Please note that this list is tentative and subject to change, and that questions about a state's primary process and ballot access rules should be directed to that state's election office. In regard to filing FEC pre-election reports, a list of pre-primary FEC reporting dates (and other reporting deadlines for 2016) will be made available in early 2016.
September 21, 2015 Now Appearing at Local Fall Festivals: FEC Disclaimers!  If your committee plans to maintain a booth or other presence at a local fall festival or other event, be sure the literature you are distributing contains the appropriate disclaimer statements. Some items, such as bumper stickers, pins and tee-shirts, are exempt. Other items, such as brochures and yard signs, need a printed statement, enclosed in a box, that indicates who has paid for the communication, and if paid for by a party committee or PAC, whether it was authorized by a campaign. For more information, see the brochure Special Notices on Political Ads and Solicitations.
September 14, 2015 Reminder: Monthly Reports Due Sunday. Monthly filers are reminded they have a report due, Sunday, September 20, covering the month of August. 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 September 20, and paper filings sent by other means must be received by close of business on/before the last business day before the deadline (i.e., Friday, September 18). Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. ET on September 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 and the August 3 tip to determine if an additional report is required.
September 10, 2015 Register today for the FEC's October 20-21 regional conference in San Diego, CA. Come learn the campaign finance law from the people who administer and enforce it. Intended for House and Senate campaigns, corporate/labor/trade PACs, and state and local political party committees, this conference will offer workshops on fundraising, reporting and communications. Workshops will focus on best practices and ways to avoid compliance problems, and provide updates on the latest developments in campaign finance law. Register by September 18 to take advantage of our early registration discount!
September 8, 2015 New Video Tutorial for FEC Data Researchers. The Commission released a video tutorial designed to help members of the media and the public use raw data files of campaign finance reports. The video, posted on the FEC's YouTube channel, provides step-by-step instructions on how to locate, download and analyze these files. The Press Office's Data Tutorials web page provides templates that allow users to transfer raw data files to user-friendly spreadsheets with column headers.
September 1, 2015 Nonfederal Fundraising by Federal Candidates. Several states will hold elections for nonfederal offices this November. Federal candidates and officeholders that wish to aid candidates and party organizations participating in nonfederal races with fundraising may solicit funds that comply with the Act’s limitations and prohibitions and applicable State law at a nonfederal fundraising event, as long as the solicitation either (1) is limited on its face to federally permissible funds, or (2) the candidate or officeholder uses an appropriate, clear and conspicuous written or oral disclaimer that the solicitation is limited to federally permissible funds. For more information and examples of wording to use, please visit http://www.fec.gov/law/nonfederalfundraisingfaq2.shtml.
August 24, 2015 Back to School With the FEC. Come learn the campaign finance law from the people who administer and enforce it. Register today for the FEC's October 20-21 regional conference in San Diego, CA. Intended for House and Senate campaigns, corporate/labor/trade PACs, and state and local political party committees, this conference will offer workshops on fundraising, reporting and communications. Workshops will focus on best practices and ways to avoid compliance problems, and provide updates on the latest developments in campaign finance law. Register by September 18 to take advantage of our early registration discount! In addition to the conference, the FEC will conduct a webinar on FECFile for campaigns on September 30. For more information, visit http://www.fec.gov/info/outreach.shtml#roundtables.
August 18, 2015 August Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded they have a report due, Thursday, August 20, covering the month of July. 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 and the August 3 tip to determine if an additional report is required.
August 3, 2015 September’s Special Election in IL May Affect Your August Reporting. Candidates involved in the September 10 special general election in Illinois’ 18th Congressional district must file a pre-general report due August 29 that covers financial activity from July 1 through August 21, and a post-general report, due October 10, that covers August 22 through September 30. Based on the timing of the post-general, the October Quarterly is waived for those campaigns.

PACs and parties that file on a semi-annual basis in 2015 and that have made previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures in connection with the special election must file the appropriate pre- and post-election reports too. (Monthly filers, however, do not need to file special election reports.) For more information, see the FEC's Compliance Map and click on Illinois and any other state(s) where your PAC or party has been active in a special election.

July 27, 2015 Paying a Nonconnected PAC's Administrative Expenses. A nonconnected PAC may use the money it raises for any lawful purpose consistent with the Act and FEC regulations, including paying the PAC's administrative expenses. See Advisory Opinions 1991-21 and 1985-34. Generally, anything of value given to a nonconnected PAC — including the in-kind payment of administrative expenses by a sponsoring organization or other donor — is considered a contribution, unless it fits into an exemption (for example, an individual volunteering their personal services to the PAC).
July 20, 2015 July Reporting Reminder for PACs and Party Committees. PACs and party committees that filed on a quarterly basis in 2014 must file a Mid-Year report due Friday, July 31. (Monthly filers have a report due today, July 20, covering the month of June.) Staff in the Reports Analysis Division (RAD) and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 pm eastern on July 31 to answer questions regarding the content and filing of reports. To reach RAD, call 800-424-9530 (press 5) or 202-694-1130. For help with technical issues relating to electronic filing, dial the same toll-free number and press 4 or call 202-694-1307.
July 13, 2015 Last-minute Filing Information for Campaign Committees and all Monthly Filers. Campaign committees (except for monthly filing Presidential campaigns) have a report due Wednesday, July 15, covering activity from the closing date of their last report through June 30. Monthly filers (including some Presidential campaigns) have a report due Monday, July 20, covering the month of June. Staff in the Reports Analysis Division (RAD) and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 pm eastern on July 15 to answer questions regarding the content and filing of reports. To reach RAD, call 800-424-9530 (press 5) or 202-694-1130. For help with technical issues relating to electronic filing, dial the same toll-free number and press 4 or call 202-694-1307.
July 6, 2015 Cut-off Date for July Reports. Campaigns often ask if they may include their Independence Day fundraising receipts in their July FEC reports. Under Commission regulations, the date of receipt is used for reporting purposes, so campaigns should include only those contributions received by June 30 on their July 15 quarterly or July 20 monthly report, as appropriate. Contributions received on July 1 or afterwards should be reported on the committee's next report (i.e., the October 15 quarterly or August 20 monthly report), even if the check is dated or postmarked in June. For more information, see page 23 of the Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and this 2014 tip for treasurers. (As always, committees involved in a special election should follow the reporting schedule for that election.)
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).
June 4, 2015 Get Prepared Now to E-File this Summer. If you are a newly registered committee that must or simply wants to file FEC reports electronically this year, now is the time to get a password and review the FEC's Electronic Filing Office's FAQ. With FEC reports due July 15 or July 31 for many committees, you will want to have your password in place and any software kinks worked out before the July filing rush. The Commission is also hosting FECFile webinars for candidates on June 24 and for PACs and party committees on July 8.
May 26, 2015 Your Committee Needs an Employer Identification Number. The IRS requires political committees to obtain a tax ID number, formally referred to as an employer identification number (EIN). Your committee will need this number to open a bank account. The preferred and quickest way to obtain your committee's EIN is via the IRS's website. Visit http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/How-to-Apply-for-an-EIN for more information. Please note: This number is not the same number as your FEC committee ID number. The FEC does not issue EINs, nor may FEC staff answer questions about the rules that pertain to them or other tax law requirements. Visit http://www.irs.gov/polorgs for information about IRS requirements for political organizations.
May 18, 2015 May Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded they have a report due, Wednesday, May 20, covering the month of April. 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.
May 11, 2015 Contribution Limits in Special Elections. A special election is considered a separate election with a separate contribution limit. (Note that a special election may itself involve separate special primary, special general and/or special runoff elections. Each would have a separate contribution limit.) When reporting contributions made in connection with a special election, be sure to check the appropriate box for type of election, and indicate that it is a special election (e.g., "2015 special primary," "2015 special general" or "2015 special runoff," as appropriate, in the cases of current special elections in MS/01 and IL/18).
May 4, 2015 Updated Compilation of FEC Regulations Now Available. The 2015 edition of Title 11, Code of Federal Regulations is now available from the FEC's Information Division. To order a hard copy, call 1-800/424-9530 (press 6), or send an email to info@fec.gov. The regulations are also available online at http://www.fec.gov/law/cfr/cfr.shtml in PDF, Text or XML formats.
April 27, 2015 FEC Training Opportunities this Spring. Registration is ongoing for several upcoming webinars on federal campaign finance law for different types of committees:
  • April 29: Trade Associations and their PACs
  • May 13: Party Committees
  • June 3: Campaign Committees

For more information or to register for any of these webinars, visit http://www.fec.gov/info/outreach.shtml#roundtables.

April 20, 2015 April Filing Reminder for PACs and Party Committees. All PACs and party committees that file monthly have a report due today, April 20, covering the month of March. (Note: PACs and party committees that filed quarterly in 2014 file on a semi-annual basis in 2015.)
April 13, 2015 April Filing Reminder for Campaigns. Authorized committees have a report due Wednesday, April 15, covering activity from the closing date of their last report through March 31. (Note: PACs and party committees that filed quarterly in 2014 file on a semi-annual basis in 2015.) Staff in the Reports Analysis Division (RAD) and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 pm (EDT) on Wednesday, April 15, to answer questions regarding the content and filing of reports. To reach RAD, call 1-800-424-9530 (press 5) or 202-694-1130. For help with technical issues relating to electronic filing, dial the same toll-free number and press 4 or call 202-694-1307.
April 6, 2015 Next Month's Special Elections in NY and MS May Affect Your April Reporting. Candidates involved in the May 5 special general election in New York's 11th Congressional district must file a pre-general report due April 23 that covers financial activity from January 1 through April 15. Based on the timing of this report, the Commission has waived the regular April Quarterly for candidates in the NY/11 special election. In contrast, candidates involved in the May 12 special general election in Mississippi's 1st Congressional district must file both the April Quarterly due April 15, and a pre-general report, due April 30, covering financial activity from April 1 through April 22.

PACs and parties that file on a semi-annual basis in 2015 and that have made previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures in connection with a special election must file the reports due in connection with that election. (Monthly filers, however, do not need to file special election reports.) For more information, see the FEC's Compliance Map and click on the state(s) where your PAC or party has been active in a special election.

March 30, 2015 New Compilation of Federal Campaign Finance Laws Available in Print. Printed copies of the 2015 edition of Federal Election Campaign Laws are now available from the Commission. The compilation contains all federal campaign finance laws (including a conversion table showing the recent changes from Title 2 U.S.C. to Title 52 U.S.C.) To order a copy at no charge, contact the Commission's Information Division at (800) 424-9530 (press 6, when prompted) or email info@fec.gov.
March 23, 2015 Updated Contribution Limits Chart Available. The Commission recently posted a handy chart of the current contribution limits for the 2015-2016 election cycle. It is available at http://www.fec.gov/ans/answers_general.shtml#How_much_can_I_contribute in both html and PDF formats.
March 13, 2015 March Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded they have a report due, Friday, March 20, covering the month of February. 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.
March 9, 2015 Deciding Whether to Become a Candidate. Before deciding to campaign for federal office, potential candidates may want to “test the waters”—in other words, explore the feasibility of their candidacy. Individuals who merely test the waters, but do not campaign for office, do not have to register or report with the FEC even if they raise more than $5,000—the dollar threshold that would normally trigger registration. Nevertheless, funds raised to test the waters are subject to the federal law's contribution limitations and prohibitions, and must be disclosed when the individual becomes a candidate. For more information, please review our Testing the Waters FAQs [HTML] [PDF] and e-learning video.
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 February Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded they have a report due, Friday, February 20, covering the month of January. 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.
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.
February 10, 2015 Register Now for the FECConnect Live Webinar for Corporations and their PACs. It's not too late to register for the FEC's February 18 webinar on federal campaign finance law for corporations and their political action committees. Part of the new FECConnect Live online training series, the February 18 webinar will focus on basic rules for fundraising and FEC reporting for corporate PACs, and will be the only webinar this year solely intended for PAC treasurers and other corporate staff with responsibility for compliance with federal campaign finance laws.
February 3, 2015 FEC Publishes Adjusted Limits and Thresholds. Today, the Commission published its Price Index Adjustments for Contribution and Expenditure Limitations and Lobbyist Bundling Disclosure Threshold in the Federal Register. This annual notice informs the public of any adjustments in contribution and expenditure limitations as well as the lobbyist bundling disclosure threshold. For the 2015-2016 cycle, the individual contribution limit has been raised to $2,700 per candidate, per election. This limit is effective retroactively to November 5, 2014. Effective January 1, 2015, the lobbyist bundling disclosure threshold has increased to $17,600. The coordinated party expenditure limit for special general elections for House races has been raised to $48,000 ($96,000 in those states with only one Congressional district). The coordinated party expenditure limits for the general election for Senate races vary by State; see the chart at http://www.fec.gov/info/charts_cpe_2015.shtml for a table of those limits.
January 26, 2015 Year-End Reporting Reminder. Year-End reports covering activity through December 31 are due Saturday, January 31.  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 January 31, 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, January 30). Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. EST on January 31 to submit their reports on time. Staff in the Reports Analysis Division and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 p.m. EST on January 30 to answer questions regarding the content and filing of reports. To reach RAD, call 1-800-424-9530 (press 5) or 202-694-1130. For help with technical issues relating to electronic filing, dial the same toll-free number and press 4. The E-Filing Office can also be reached locally at 202-694-1307. An additional note: Authorized committees for 2014 candidates who were not in the general election must file a Post-Election Detailed Summary Page [Instructions] with this report.
January 21, 2015 Switching Filing Frequency? Party committees that do not conduct reportable federal election activity and all PACs have the option to choose to file reports on a "monthly" or "quarterly" filing schedule. Some committees prefer to file reports on a monthly basis during a federal election year, and on a less-frequent basis during a nonfederal election year (such as 2015). Unauthorized committees are permitted to switch filing frequencies one time per year. To switch your committee's filing frequency in 2015, attach a letter (paper filers only) or a Form 99 to your 2014 year-end report (due 1/31) indicating that you will now be filing reports on the other schedule. If you are switching from monthly to quarterly, be aware that quarterly filers actually file only twice in non-election years (a mid-year report due 7/31/15 and a year-end report due 1/31/16) but must file additional reports if they make contributions or expenditures in connection with a special election.
January 12, 2015 Expanded Online Training for 2015-16 Cycle. The Commission will expand its online compliance training program during the 2015-16 election cycle and replace its in-house seminars and workshops with webinars, beginning with our January webinars on Year-End reporting. The Commission will also continue to offer its growing library of online training videos as well as its individualized one-on-one webinar training service. See this Record article for more details on the new FECConnect services and stay tuned for an announcement later this week regarding our next webinar.
January 5, 2015 Mark Your Calendars! FEC Reporting in 2015. The Commission has posted the schedule for FEC reports that are due in 2015 at http://www.fec.gov/info/report_dates_2015.shtml. An overview of FEC reporting requirements for 2015 is also available at http://www.fec.gov/pages/fecrecord/2015/january/reportsin2015.shtml. The Commission will host reporting webinars for PACs and party committees on January 14 and for campaigns on January 21 to help filers prepare their year-end reports due January 31.

 

 

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