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Crimson 3 Webinar on November 28

For many people, the time between the election and the start of the new year is the slowest part of the political cycle. If you have more time over the next few weeks, it’s highly recommended to go ahead and get trained on Crimson 3. While Crimson 2 will be around through the early part […]

Feature of the Month: How to File a Post-General Report

The Post-General Report for the 2018 cycle is due on December 6 and covers the period from October 18 through November 26. If you filed a Pre-General Report, you will also need to file a Post-General Report.  Below are a few helpful reminders that should make it easier to complete your reports in CrimsonFiler. Update […]

Got Time for Crimson 3 Training This Week?

Now that the election is over, it’s a good time to get trained on Crimson 3!   The next webinar will be held this Wednesday, November 14 at 2 p.m. EST. The Crimson Support Team will walk participants through an overview of the new version of Crimson and demonstrate the most frequently-used features. During the 60-minute training […]

Advisory Opinions #18: What to Do After the Election

  Election Day is over. What do you do now? A good campaign has a solid wrap-up plan regardless of winning or losing. In this episode of Advisory Opinions, Jack Blakely and Adrienne Royer discuss best practices of winding down your campaign in addition to things that campaigns must do, such as updating donation page […]

The Guide to What to Do After Election Day

  Election Day is over. What to you do now? See below for our list of suggestions for wrapping up a political campaign or listen to the recent episode on Advisory Opinions, “What to Do After the Election.” Our guide is split between two sections: 1. Best Practices After Election Day: tips and suggestions provided […]

Advisory Opinions #17: Election Day Survival Guide

  You’ve almost made it to Election Day. Find out how to maximize your day with tips and suggestions that your hosts, Jack and Adrienne, gathered from campaign veterans. Hear about lessons learned, strategies for planning your day, and how to best prepare for the unexpected from early in the morning until late that night. […]

Flowchart: Do you need to file a FEC pre-general report?

Do you have another report due before the election? If you are an authorized candidate committee in the 2018 election OR file monthly, the answer is YES. If you are a quarterly filer, you may need some assistance with answering that question. Pre-General Reports are due this Thursday, on October 25 and cover the period […]

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 #16: New Campaign Digital Defense Tools

  Your campaign security may be bad, but the FEC approved some new tools to help. In episode #16, Jack and Adrienne discuss a recent advisory opinion from the FEC where they exempted Microsoft’s AccountGuard from being considered as an in-kind donation. Microsoft rolled out a suite of free security features for political campaigns, PACs, parties, […]

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 […]