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New FEC Contribution Limits Set for the 2021-2022 Election Cycle

Last week, FEC contribution limits were released for the 2022 cycle, and caps for individual and PAC donations were increased: Individual Donations: Contributions made by individuals to candidates increased from $2,800 to $2,900 per election per candidate or $5,800 per couple. Contributions made by individuals to national party committees increased from $35,500 to $36,500 per […]

FEC Deadlines for 2021

  While there are only a handful of off-year elections or special races in 2021, candidate committees, PACs, and political parties are still required to submit regular filings to the Federal Election Commission. To keep up with the deadlines this year, download one of these helpful PDFs from CMDI:  Quarterly Deadlines Monthly & Semi-Annual Deadlines […]

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 […]

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 […]

2019 FEC Deadlines

While it is an off-year for elections, the Federal Election Commission still requires committees and PACs to file regular reports. The next deadline for the first quarter of 2019 will be on Monday, April 15. The FEC has three different schedules for filers — monthly, quarterly or semi-annually that depend on the committee type: House […]

2019-2020 FEC Political Donation Limits

With the 2020 election cycle getting underway, now is a good time to remember that the Federal Election Commission increased the limits for a few types of donations: Individual donors: Gifts to candidate committees increased from $2,700 to $2,800 per election (total of $5,600 per cycle). Gifts to national party committees increased from $33,900 to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

How to Allocate Surplus Campaign Funds

State primaries are currently taking place across the country. Unfortunately, after every election, many committees must end their efforts. However, before terminating, campaign committees must “wind down.” The campaign infrastructure, which took months or years to build, cannot be dismantled overnight. Campaigns must pay off debt, sell assets and compensate the staff responsible for the wind down process, which includes compliance activities in accordance with FEC regulations. Usually, campaigns are left with few remaining resources. Occasionally, however, former candidates face an unusual dilemma. After losing an election, how does a campaign committee allocate surplus funds?

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 […]

2016 Republican Primary Dates

This week, the Federal Elections Commission, released their preliminary list of 2016 presidential primary dates, which we used to create the map below. Hover over a state to see the date of the primary or caucus for when you will head to the polls next year. What are the 2016 Primary Rules? In January of […]

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 […]

Political Fundraising Glossary

Political Fundraising Glossary Like any industry, political fundraisers throw around a lot of industry specific terms. This is a quick effort to gain a little clarity. Note that this page is a work in progress and will evolve as we think of more items to put on the list.     0-9 501(c) Groups: Nonprofit, […]