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Is your Senate campaign ready for E-file?

  On October 15, the October Quarterly reports will be due. Is your campaign prepared to submit your reports electronically to the Federal Election Commission? Last month, President Trump signed a new bill that made the FEC the official Point of Entry for all Senate filings. Senate campaigns are now required to submit all reports […]

Crimson 3 Training Opportunities

We’re excited to launch a completely redesigned and enhanced version of Crimson that combines the same features and functionality that you’ve come to trust with a new user interface, updated dashboards, expanded search, and added functionality. If you are currently a Crimson user, we encourage you to log into the new version and take a […]

Crimson 3 Is Here.

Crimson 3 Is Here. New Features. New Dashboards. New Search. Same Data and Reliability. This week, CMDI launched a completely redesigned and enhanced version of our best-selling political CRM used by Republicans across the country. Crimson 3 builds on the same features that you’ve come to depend on since we launched the original Crimson in […]

Advisory Opinions #15: Per SCOTUS, Proceed with New Rules for 501(c)4 Donors

  The world of campaign finance issues has been active in the past couple of weeks, and there are two legal cases that could easily end up before the Supreme Court. Jack and Adrienne discuss recent updates to CREW vs. FEC and Americans for Prosperity vs. Becerra  that were featured in Episode 14.  They also provide an […]

Coming Soon: A New Crimson

Crimson 3: New Features. New Dashboards. New Search. Same Data and Reliability. Starting Tuesday, October 9, current Crimson users will be able to access Crimson3, the completely redesigned and enhanced version of the CMDI’s best-selling political CRM used by Republican campaigns and PACs. Crimson3 combines the same data and features currently in use with a fresh […]

How Senate Committees Can E-File their Next FEC Reports

Update: On Friday, September 21, President Trump signed the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019. The FEC immediately released a statement that U.S. Senate campaigns are now required to submit their filings with the Commission rather than the Secretary of the Senate. They are ready to accept electronic filings, […]

Crimson Feature of the Month: CrimsonFiler Quickbooks Merge

  If you use Quickbooks to manage the finances of your campaign or PAC, you can upload Excel files into CrimsonFiler to convert them. How to use the Quickbooks merge: 1. Before you begin, you will need to prepare two different Excel files – one listing vendor information and one for expenditures. Vendor File: include […]

Congress Approves Electronic Filing for Senate Campaigns

Update: On Friday, September 21, President Trump signed the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019. The FEC immediately released a statement that U.S. Senate campaigns are now required to submit their filings with the Commission rather than the Secretary of the Senate. They are ready to accept electronic filings, and issued new […]

Advisory Opinions #14: Changes for Political 501(c)4s

This summer, there have been two big changes for 501(c)4 organizations, one from the IRS and one from the US Courts. First, the IRS announced they would no longer collect the Schedule B portion of 990 forms for 501(c)4 organizations. This eliminates the requirement to submit the names and addresses of major donors. Secondly, a […]

Crimson Webinar on September 12

The election is only 10 weeks away. Is your staff fully trained on how to use Crimson? A campaign will raise the bulk of their money in the final few weeks before the election. Your staff will also be engaged in get-out-the-vote efforts. It’s critical to understand how to use all of the features in […]

Advisory Opinions #13: Risky Raffles

Raffles and bingo games are popular fundraisers for churches and nonprofits, but do they work on political campaigns? In this episode of Advisory Opinions, the two hosts discuss the problems and pitfalls that campaigns can get into with these fundraising events, highlight examples in Florida, Kansas and Michigan, and examine the different state laws surrounding […]

Feature of the Month: Recurring Gifts in Crimson

Have you read the new CMDI guide on building a recurring giving program? Did you know there are several features in Crimson that will help you start and grow recurring giving for your campaign? See the features below to learn how make this popular giving option easier to manage in Crimson. How are recurring gifts […]

Court: Dark Money Donors Must Be Disclosed

  A recent federal court decision may have long-lasting repercussions for 501(c4) organizations engaged in political activity. Ruling on the “dark money” issue in Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington vs. Federal Election Commission, Chief Judge Beryl Howell found that 501(c)4 groups making independent expenditures in federal races must disclose donors contributing to independent […]

Advisory Opinions #12: Keep Your Receipts

  Recently, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) was accused of lying on FEC forms tracking travel reimbursement. How did his campaign show that this was a dirty political attack? He kept his receipts! Jack and Adrienne discuss why it’s important to keep those receipts, log those miles, and file timely reports for travel reimbursements. They also […]

Next Crimson Overview Webinar on August 14

The beginning of September marks the intense, busy time of the election cycle. If you have questions about Crimson or have staff that needs training, now is the time to get help. Join the Crimson Support Staff for the Crimson webinar next week on Tuesday, August 14 at 2 p.m. EDT. During the monthly webinar, we will […]

Uncertainty After FEC Holds Hearings for Online Ad Disclaimers

  At the end of June, the Federal Election Commission held a two-day hearing on the proposals to change the definition of “public communications” and require disclaimers on internet communications. The Commission heard from 18 witnesses representing think tanks, political parties and committees, research institutions, vendors, and trade associations from the advertising industry. None of the […]

Advisory Opinions #11: Foreign Money in U.S. Elections

The FEC recently considered two proposals about changing the rules on foreign money in U.S. elections. Is this partisan politics, media hoopla, or a real problem that the FEC needs to address? In episode #11 of Advisory Opinions, Jack and Adrienne discuss what laws already exist, what non-citizens can and can’t do on a campaign, […]

Your Campaign Needs Recurring Donations

  Would you rather receive $10 or $80 from a donor? The answer is easy. For the same amount of work and messaging, it is possible to convert that $10 donation into $80 through recurring or monthly donations. Recurring donations are a simple, innovative way to boost your campaign’s fundraising efforts.  These gifts are automatically […]

Feature of the Month: Possible Duplicates

Recently, Crimson rolled out a new enhancement to the Possible Duplicates tool under the Compliance menu. You can now search for Organization duplicates with the tool in addition to Individual dupes. You can also prioritize which dupes are reviewed and processed first by filtering by Match Type or selecting that only Donor records to be […]

Crimson Overview Webinar On July 18

Have you used the new Crimson features like the Possible Duplicates tool? Join the Crimson Overview webinar next week to learn about this new tool and other features recently added to Crimson. The monthly webinar will cover all the major features of Crimson and how to use the platform. Once you click here to RSVP, we will […]