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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Responsibility and Ethics in Washington vs. Federal Election Commission, Chief Judge Beryl Howell found that 501(c)4 groups making independent expenditures in federal races must disclose donors contributing to independent […]

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 receipts! Jack and Adrienne discuss why it’s important to keep those receipts, log those miles, and file timely reports for travel reimbursements. They also […]

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 communications. The Commission heard from 18 witnesses representing think tanks, political parties and committees, research institutions, vendors, and trade associations from the advertising industry. None of the […]

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 episode #11 of Advisory Opinions, Jack and Adrienne discuss what laws already exist, what non-citizens can and can’t do on a campaign, […]

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 profile fields for you, such as organization name and address. The lookup tool relies on the FEC’s API, and displays information […]

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 […]

FEC Offers Examples of Online Ad Disclaimers

At the end of June, the Federal Election Commission will hold a hearing on proposed rule changes for online ad disclaimers. In advance of the meeting, the Commissioners released a series of example ads that highlight how disclaimers would look with rules from each proposal. The FEC created 18 graphic ad examples that range from […]

Check Out the Advisory Opinions Podcast

Want to keep up with the latest news for campaign, compliance and fundraising professionals? Pull up your favorite podcast service and subscribe to CMDI’s new podcast, Advisory Opinions. It’s a show for Republican campaign professionals by campaign professionals. Advisory Opinions isn’t like the other punditry shows stacking up in your queue. Each episode is short — […]

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