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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 sweeping changes for ads it considers political on both Facebook and Instagram. This new, controversial policy was announced last October after Facebook revealed […]

2018 Primary Dates

Last week, Texas kicked off primaries for U.S. House and Senate races throughout the country. With more than 30 state primaries occurring between now and June 30, it can be a challenge to keep up with all of the dates for this mid-term election cycle. This is why we created a downloadable one-page list of […]

2018 FEC Reporting Deadlines

Since 2018 is an election year, most committees registered with the FEC must file reports either quarterly or monthly. Make sure you don’t forget one of these important deadlines! Download CMDI’s one-pager of FEC deadlines to help plan your year. The frequency of filing depends on your committee type. For example, National party committees are […]

All About Joint Fundraising Committees

Recently, joint fundraising committees became the focus of media attention after Donna Brazile revealed details of the agreement between the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. While JFCs have increased  over the past decade, not much is written about this fundraising strategy. For the first-time candidate or political novice, the jargon and regulations […]

What does that mean? A Glossary of Political Jargon

Does it seem like the world of politics has its own language? Have you ever read a newspaper editorial or listened to the news and heard an expression that you didn’t understand? Have you ever wondered how the colorful words used in political commentary were coined? Modern political jargon is an odd mixture of historical […]

New Help Portal Launched at FEC

The FEC recently launched a new way to access help from the Reports Analysis Division. Through a new portal, committees can find the contact information for their assigned Campaign Finance Analyst and directly email questions to that person. According to the FEC, answers can be expected between one to three days. The FEC also released […]

Preparing for Media Questions on Campaign Fundraising & FEC Reports

  In the uncertain world of political campaigns, you can always count on getting questions from the press about fundraising and FEC reports. How do you prepare your staff to answer these questions? Recently, the National Press Club Foundation hosted a panel discussion on how to document campaign cash featuring reporters from national media outlets […]

Need Help Deciphering FEC Forms?

When working on FEC reports or reviewing filings, did you know that you can tell the specific type of line number or expenditure based on the line number on the FEC form? CMDI’s FEC Line Numbers by FEC Reports is one of our most popular downloads and guides on the Crimson Helpdesk. Now updated for […]

Download 2017 FEC Contribution Limits

Last week, the Federal Election Commission released the new contribution limits for the 2017-2018 election cycle. While donations from individuals to campaign committees and PACs did not increase, they did go up for two types of donations: $500 to party committees (RNC, NRCC and NRSC) for a total of $33,900 per committee $1,500 to other […]

2017 FEC Reporting Deadlines

While 2017 is not an election year for most, PACs, parties and candidate committees are still required to submit regular filings to the Federal Election Commission. Download one of these helpful one-pagers to remind you of the deadlines to submit reports throughout 2017: 2017 Monthly Filing Deadlines (PDF) 2017 Quarterly & Semi-annual Filing Deadlines (PDF) […]

FEC Reporting Deadlines for 2016

  With the start of the new year, the Federal Elections Commission posted the dates for filing deadlines in 2016. CMDI made it easier for you to keep up with the deadlines for quarterly and monthly filers with this helpful download. The 1-page cheat sheet has dates for end of each filing period and its […]

Candidates & Committees (Infographic)

Not only is it hard to keep up with which Super PACs are connected to each presidential campaign, but it can be a challenge to remember the differences between a Super PAC, leadership PAC, 527 and 501(c)4 organization. A new infographic from CMDI identifies each of the organizations affiliated with each candidate and explains the […]

Infographic: Who’s Running for President in 2016?

With 15 (now 16) Republicans and 5 Democrats official running for president in 2016, it can get confusing trying to keep up with all of the candidates and when they entered the race. CMDI created this infographic as a quick resource to help you remember. Click here to see a larger version. Note: The infographic was updated on […]

New Contribution Limits Set for 2015-2016 Cycle

The 2015-2016 election cycle will see many changes to campaign finance laws and limits. Earlier this week, the Federal Election Commission released new spending limits for the 2015-2016 cycle to adjust for inflation. Individuals can now donate up to $2,700 per candidate per election and up to $33,400 to party committees for political advocacy. But this […]

Free Printable 2015 Calendars with FEC Deadlines

It might be an off-year in politics, but the FEC still requires committees and PACs to file regular reports. The first deadline is on January 31 – just two weeks away – for 2015 Year-End reports. To help you remember these important dates, CMDI created helpful PDF calendars covering the three different types of filing […]

There Are Elections in 2015

While most election coverage is focused on speculation for the 2016 presidential race, voters in five states – Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia – will go to the polls for a gubernatorial or state legislature race in 2015. State Type Primary Date Kentucky Gubernatorial 5/15/2015 Louisiana Gubernatorial + State Legislature Primary: 10/24/2015 Election: 11/17/2015 Mississippi Gubernatorial […]

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