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Timely Tips Archive 2017

This page provides a comprehensive list of helpful tips that have appeared on our Resources for Committee Treasurers page during 2017. 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.

 

May 16, 2017 May Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded they have a report covering the month of April due on Saturday, May 20. 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. Quarterly filers do not have a regularly scheduled report due this month, but if they have made previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures in connection with upcoming 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. For additional reporting information for all types of filers, consult this Record article and our Reporting FAQs page.
May 1, 2017 Register Now for the FECConnect Live Webinar for Political Party Committees on May 17. Registration is now open for the FEC's May 17 webinar on federal campaign finance law for political party committees. Topics to be discussed include fundraising for a party's federal account, candidate support activities, and proper payment and disclosure of party expenses. This will be the only online training opportunity offered by the FEC in 2017 to focus exclusively on political party activities. Register today!
April 24, 2017 2017 Print Edition of FEC Regulations Now Available. The 2017 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 will also be available online at http://www.fec.gov/law/cfr/cfr.shtml in PDF, text or XML formats.
April 18, 2017 April Filing Reminder for PACs and Party Committees. All PACs and party committees that file monthly have a report due Thursday, April 20, covering the month of March. (Note: PACs and party committees that filed quarterly in 2016 file on a semi-annual basis in 2017.) For additional reporting information for all types of filers, consult our Reporting FAQs page.
April 10, 2017 Register Now for the FECConnect Live Webinar for Trade Associations and their PACs on April 26. Registration is now open for the FEC’s April 26 webinar on federal campaign finance law for trade associations and their PACs. Topics to be discussed include PAC solicitation techniques, prior approval of corporate members, candidate support activities, and proper disclosure of receipts and disbursements. This will be the only online training opportunity offered by the FEC in 2017 to focus exclusively on trade association PAC activities. Register today!
April 4, 2017 April Filing Reminder for Campaigns. Authorized committees have a report due Saturday, April 15, covering activity from the closing date of their last report through March 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 April 15, 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, April 14). Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 15 to submit their reports on time. (Note: PACs and party committees that filed quarterly in 2016 file on a semi-annual basis in 2017.) Staff in the Reports Analysis Division (RAD) and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 pm (EDT) on Friday, April 14, 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.
March 27, 2017 Candidate Registration: A How-To Video. If you anticipate running as a candidate in the 2017-2018 election cycle, there are specific registration requirements you should be familiar with in order to know how and when to file with the FEC. This short video provides an overview of the process to register as a federal candidate with the FEC. Additional training videos for candidates, campaign staff and others are available on our FECConnect on Demand page.
March 17, 2017 Register Now for the FECConnect Live Webinar for Membership and Labor Organizations and their PACs on March 29. Registration is now open for the FEC’s March 29 webinar on federal campaign finance law for membership and labor organizations and their PACs. Topics to be discussed include PAC solicitation techniques, candidate support activities, and proper disclosure of receipts and disbursements. This will be the only online training opportunity offered by the FEC in 2017 to focus exclusively on membership and labor organization PAC activities. Register today!
March 13, 2017 March Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded they have a report covering the month of February due on Monday, March 20. Quarterly filers do not have a regularly scheduled report due this month, but if they have made previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures in connection with upcoming 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. For additional reporting information for all types of filers, consult this Record article and our Reporting FAQs page.
March 06, 2017 Save the Date for FEC Regional Conferences in 2017 and 2018. During the 2017-18 election cycle, the FEC will host regional conferences in Chicago, Illinois, Washington, DC, and Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. These two-day training events offer the only opportunities this election cycle to receive face-to-face training from FEC Commissioners and staff. For more information and to sign up to receive notification when registration opens, read this Record article and visit our Outreach page.
February 27, 2017 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., "2017 special primary," "2017 special general" or "2017 special runoff," as appropriate, in the cases of current special elections).
February 21, 2017 Coordinated Party Expenditures in Special Elections. National and state party committees may make limited "coordinated party expenditures" on behalf of their general election nominees, including those running in special general elections. These expenditures may be coordinated with campaigns but do not count as contributions from the party committee. The applicable 2017 coordinated party expenditure limits are available at http://www.fec.gov/info/charts_cpe_2017.shtml.
February 13, 2017 February Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded they have a report covering the month of January due on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20. 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 February 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, February 17). Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. ET on February 20 to submit their reports on time. Quarterly filers do not have a regularly scheduled report due this month, but if they have made previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures in connection with upcoming 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. For additional reporting information for all types of filers, consult this Record article and our Reporting FAQs page.
February 6, 2017 Register Now for the FECConnect Live Webinar for Corporations and their PACs. It's not too late to register for the FEC's February 21 webinar on federal campaign finance law for corporations and their political action committees. This will be the only online training program this year to focus exclusively on the basic rules for fundraising and FEC reporting for corporate PACs. So, don’t miss this opportunity. Register today!
February 2, 2017 Limits Adjusted for 2017-2018. The Commission has announced the inflation-adjusted contribution limits for 2017-2018 elections, as well as the coordinated party expenditure limits and lobbyist bundling threshold for 2017. For the first time since inflation adjustments were introduced as part of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, the limit on individual and nonmulticandidate committee contributions to candidates did not increase. That limit remains $2,700 per election for the 2017-18 election cycle.
January 30, 2017 Cut-off Date for Year-End Reports. Committees often ask if they may include funds raised in January in their Year-End FEC reports. Under Commission regulations, the date of receipt is used for reporting purposes, so committees should include only those contributions received by December 31, 2016, on their January 31 Year-End report. Contributions received on January 1 or afterwards must be reported on the committee's next report, even if the check was dated or postmarked in December. For more information on the January 31 Year-End report, see last week’s tip.
January 23, 2017 Year-End Reports Due January 31. All filers have a Year-End report due Tuesday, January 31, covering activity through December 31, 2016. Staff in the Reports Analysis Division and Electronic Filing Office will be available until 8:00 p.m. ET on January 31 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 2016 candidates who were not in the general election must file a Post-Election Detailed Summary Page [Instructions] | [Presidential Version] with this report. For additional reporting information for all types of filers, consult this Record article and our Reporting FAQs page.
January 17, 2017 The FEC Needs Your Comments on Two Party Rulemaking Petitions. The Commission is currently accepting public comments in response to two citizen petitions.  The first,  REG 2016-03 Political Party Rules Petition, asks the Commission to revise existing rules regarding the use of federal funds to pay for certain activities of state, district, or local committees of a political party. The second, REG 2014-10 Party Contribution Limits, asks the Commission to amend its regulations to implement amendments to the Federal Election Campaign Act made by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, which established certain new accounts for national party committees, and to amend the Commission’s regulations regarding convention committees.  The deadline for comments on both petitions is January 30, 2017.
January 10, 2017 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 2017). PACs and party committees are permitted to switch filing frequencies one time per year. To switch your committee's filing frequency in 2017, attach a letter (paper filers only) or a Form 99 to your 2016 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 7/31/17 and a year-end report due 1/31/18) but must file additional reports if they make contributions or expenditures in connection with a special election.
January 3, 2017 Mark Your Calendars! FEC Reporting in 2017. The Commission has posted the schedule for when FEC reports that are due in 2017 at http://www.fec.gov/info/report_dates_2017.shtml. An article containing an overview of FEC reporting requirements for 2017 is also available. The Commission will host reporting webinars for PACs and party committees on January 18 and for campaigns on January 25 to help filers prepare their year-end reports due January 31.
January 3, 2017 Follow the FEC in 2017. Follow @FEC on Twitter to receive the latest information on agency updates, news releases, and weekly activity. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, FECTube: FECConnect on Demand, to watch instructional videos that have been designed to help candidates and committees comply with federal campaign finance laws. Note that the FEC is not currently available through other social media platforms at this time. The use of the agency’s logo, name, and likeness on other mediums has not been authorized by the FEC.