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

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

Congress Approves Electronic Filing for Senate Campaigns

After trying for nearly 20 years, Congress passed a provision in the “minibus” that approved electronic filing for FEC reports in the Senate. This has been a recommendation from the Federal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advisory Opinions #10: Your Campaign Security Is Bad

A recent survey from the Shorenstein Center at Harvard Kennedy School found that only 39% of campaign staffers are concerned about hacks. Jack and Adrienne discuss simple steps your campaign can

Advisory Opinions #9: Does Janus Change Everything?

This week, the Supreme Court will hand down their decision in the anticipated Janus vs. AFSCME case. In this episode, Jack and Adrienne discuss how elections are likely to change if the Supreme

Advisory Opinions #8: Data Clean

Dirty data can end up costing your campaign or PAC more since expensive mail packages are sent to wrong addresses and valuable staff time is wasted. Learn about cost-saving practices that also

Feature of the Month: FEC ID Lookup

A new feature in Crimson can help ensure that you have accurate FEC ID numbers while recording donations or submitting FEC reports. When this tool is used, it will also populate many of the

A Guide to Facebook’s New Political Ad Changes

If you work for a political campaign, PAC or nonprofit you probably noticed changes on Facebook’s Business Manager when you tried to place an ad. On May 22, the social network implemented