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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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

Proposed FEC Regulations for Online Ad Disclaimers

The questions surrounding the FEC’s regulation of online ads will soon be answered. In March, the Commission released a long-awaited proposal of draft regulations for internet communication disclaimers. The proposal is currently open for comments and will be discussed at a hearing on June 27. The draft contains two different proposals – Alternative A and […]

Check to See If It’s Time to File 48-Hour Notices

Since 2018 is an election year, there are a few extra filing requirements for candidate campaign committees. This includes filing 48-hour notices before both the primary and general elections. According to the FEC, 48-Hour Notices are filed for donations over $1,000 that are received less than 20 days but no more than 48 hours before […]

The FEC Is Down to 4 Commissioners. What Happens Now?

  After announcing his intentions to resign from the Federal Elections Commission last fall, Commissioner Lee E. Goodman will officially step down on February 16. With Goodman’s departure, there will only be four commissioners serving at the FEC. Last year, Ann Ravel, a Democrat, resigned and left an open seat. The Washington Post also reports […]

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 […]

Feature of the Month: How to Find and Flag Over Limit Donors

Following up with donors who have contributed too much to a campaign is becoming increasingly important. With the growth of multi-channel fundraising, it’s now possible for undisclosed donors to make enough repeated gifts and go over FEC limits. If your campaign isn’t using a CRM platform such as Crimson that centralizes donor data for all […]

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 […]

Crimson Feature of the Month: Adding 2 Emails on FEC Form 1

How to Add a 2nd Email to the FEC Form 1 in CrimsonFiler In last week’s Tips for Treasurers, the Federal Election Commission explained how to add a second email to a FEC Form 1 (Statement of Organization). This might not sound important, but by providing a second contact to the Statement of Organization, the […]