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FEC Deadlines: What’s Changed & What’s Due on April 15

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted many states to postpone primary elections, and the IRS automatically extended the filing deadline for federal income taxes until July 15. However, the Federal Election Commission has not changed their upcoming deadline for quarterly reports. All candidate committees and quarterly filers must submit first quarter reports by April 15. If the […]

FEC Deadlines for 2020

    Now that the first quarter of 2020 is complete, the deadline for quarterly reports is only two weeks away. While some deadlines have shifted due to changed primary election dates, the FEC does not have the statutory authority to move deadlines for monthly and quarterly filers. All candidate committees must file their first […]

Crimson Webinars in January

Is your team ready to file FEC Year-End Reports by January 31? Get help next week with a CrimsonFiler webinar on January 22 at 2 p.m. EST. The Crimson Support Team will also offer the regular Crimson Overview webinar at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 22. Scroll down for the button to sign up […]

CrimsonFiler & Crimson Overview Webinars in December

While it may be the beginning of December, the next FEC deadline will arrive quickly. With December 31 marking the end of the fourth quarter in 2019, Year-End reports will be due on January 31, 2020. To help you plan ahead, the Crimson Support Team will offer two webinars this month. On Tuesday, December 17, […]

Crimson Feature of the Month: How to Use Tasks and Call Sheets

  Do you need to delegate work to your team or create a to-do list to ensure a project is finished? Crimson Tasks help you assign work projects to individual staff members, set a deadline, and track the progress and completion of it through the Crimson dashboard. Tasks also allow you to assign activities to […]

Crimson Feature of the Month: Maximizing Pledges

Pledges are a major component of political fundraising, and Crimson features can simplify tracking and managing these donations. Below are instructions for several tools that make reconciling and accounting pledges faster and more accurate. In this month’s post: How to Find Pledge Features Outstanding Pledge Search Use Source Codes to Automatically Match Payments to Pledges […]

Join Us Thursday for a Crimson Webinar

  Do you have any questions about Crimson 3 or need to train a new staff member? The Crimson Support Team will hold a General Overview webinar this Thursday at 2 p.m. EST. Participants will learn how to use the basic tools of the Crimson platform, and watch demonstrations of the fresh user interface, redesigned […]

Crimson: Now FREE for Start-up Campaigns

Have you ever wanted to recommend Crimson to a start-up campaign but weren’t sure if they had the resources? At only $50 a month, Crimson Launchpad is a new option for committees to access the tools they need to ramp up their strategies without huge commitments. Launchpad offers the same trusted platform used by the […]

Crimson Webinar on October 23

This Wednesday, the Crimson Support Team will host a General Overview webinar for Crimson 3. During the one-hour webinar at 11 a.m., participants will learn how to use the basic tools of the Crimson platform, such as the Event Dashboard, Saved & Recent Searches, expanded Profiles, Treasury and Compliance features and how to use the […]

Is the FEC Open with Only Three Commissioners?

Recently, Commissioner Matthew S. Petersen resigned from the FEC, which was already down to four members. Since FEC rules require four members for a quorum, the Commission will not be able to vote to take any actions, issue new rules, offer opinions, or levy fines on committees that violate election laws. Is the FEC open? […]

Crimson Feature of the Month: My Payment Requests

The Payment Requests feature in Crimson is helpful for submitting requests to the financial or treasury departments to pay for a vendor expense, create an expense report, refund the contribution from a donor, or request a contribution be made to another committee. There are two sides to this feature – submitting the Payment Request and […]

Crimson Feature of the Month: Payment Requests – Treasury

The Payment Requests tools in Crimson contains two sides – My Payment Requests and Treasury. The My Payment Requests tools enables Crimson users to submit requests for expense reports, vendor payments, donation refunds and contribution requests. This part was covered in Crimson Feature of the Month: My Payment Requests. The Treasury feature, which is explained […]

Next Crimson Webinars on September 26

Next week, the Crimson Webinars will return with a special session covering CrimsonFiler in order to help you prepare for the next FEC filing deadline on October 15. The Crimson Support Team will also offer a General Crimson Overview. Crimson Overview at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 26 Sign up for the Crimson Overview session for a […]

Crimson Feature of the Month: Mail Merge

Mail Merge is a new feature in Crimson 3 that helps users combine the results from Crimson searches with a Microsoft Word template. Mail Merge works with People Search, Money Search, Thank You List Select, Best Efforts, and Exception Codes in Crimson by taking search results and merging them into customized templates. How to Use […]

Crimson Webinar on July 24

Join the Crimson Support Team on Wednesday, July 24 at 2 p.m. EDT for a General Overview webinar of Crimson 3. During the hour-long training session, participants will learn the basics of Crimson and how to use the fresh user interface, redesigned dashboards, expanded search, increased security, and additional functionality added to Crimson 3. At the end, […]

Close Out the 2nd Quarter Easier with 2 New Crimson Tools

  We’re only a few days away from the end of the second quarter and a quickly-approaching FEC deadline. CMDI recently rolled out two new features that will help your team during the crunch time – the Press Release Report and the JFC Vetting Tool. Press Release Report The Press Release Report takes your final […]

New Guide: Manage Events with Crimson’s Event Dashboard

  From rallies and townhalls to parties and meet-and-greets, political campaigns are dominated by events. While they are critical for victory, they can also be expensive and consume a tremendous amount of staff time. Given the importance of events for political organizations and nonprofits, Crimson 3 includes an entire section containing features and tools to […]

Crimson Webinar on June 19

Do you have new staff or need to learn how to use the new features in Crimson 3? Next Wednesday, the Crimson Support Team will hold a General Overview webinar for Crimson 3 on June 19 at 11 a.m. EDT. During the hour-long training session, participants will learn the basics of Crimson and how to […]

Crimson Feature of the Month: JFC Vetting Tool

  Over the last few election cycles, the use of Joint Fundraising Committees skyrocketed. In 2018, JFCs raised a combined total of $525.3 million and $1.2 billion in 2016. They are also moving down ticket with state parties, US House, and US Senate candidates joining together to raise money. In 2016, there were 479 JFCs […]

Learn to Use the Crimson Event Dashboard

Political campaigns and PACs depend on events for both fundraising and winning elections. Because of their importance, Crimson 3 added the Event Dashboard, a new section loaded with features that help organize, manage, and track all components of event planning. Join the Crimson Support Team on Wednesday, May 22 for a special webinar demonstrating new […]

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