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2018 Reporting Dates

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Filing Frequency by Type of Filer

House and Senate Campaign Committees 1

Frequency: Quarterly only

Presidential Campaign Committees

Frequency: Quarterly OR Monthly
(see Change in Filing Frequency section below)

National Party Committees

Frequency: Monthly only

State, District and Local Party Committees 2

Frequency: Quarterly OR Monthly
(see Change in Filing Frequency section below)

Political Action Committees (SSF/Nonconnected)

Frequency: Quarterly OR Monthly
(see Change in Filing Frequency section below)


CHANGE IN FILING FREQUENCY

Some committees may choose to change their reporting schedule (for example, from quarterly to monthly). Those that wish to do so must notify the Commission in writing and may change their filing frequency no more than once per calendar year.


FOOTNOTES:

1 This category includes committees of candidates retiring debts from a previous election or running for a future election.

2 State, district and local party committees that engage in reportable "federal election activity" ("FEA") must file on a monthly basis. A committee that filed monthly in 2017 due to its FEA must notify the Commission in writing if it wishes to file quarterly in 2018.

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2018 Reporting Deadlines

Quarterly Reports

Report

Close of Books +

 

Filing Deadline
[see Method of Filing section below]

Year-End 2017

December 31, 2017

January 31, 2018
April Quarterly
  • Congressional, PAC/Party [HTML]
  • Presidential [HTML]

March 31, 2018

April 15, 2018 3

July Quarterly
  • Congressional, PAC/Party [HTML]
  • Presidential [HTML]

June 30, 2018

July 15, 2018 3

October Quarterly
  • Congressional, PAC/Party [HTML]
  • Presidential [HTML]

September 30, 2018

October 15, 2018

Pre-General 4

October 17, 2018

October 25, 2018

Post-General

November 26, 2018

December 6, 2018

Year-End 2018

December 31, 2018

January 31, 2019

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Monthly Reports

Report

Close of Books +

 

Filing Deadline
[see Method of Filing section below]

Year-End 2017

December 31, 2017

January 31, 2018

February  

January 31, 2018

February 20, 2018

March

February 28, 2018

March 20, 2018

April

March 31, 2018

April 20, 2018

May

April 30, 2018

May 20, 2018 3

June

May 31, 2018

June 20, 2018

July

June 30, 2018

July 20, 2018

August

July 31, 2018

August 20, 2018

September

August 31, 2018

September 20, 2018

October

September 30, 2018

October 20, 2018 3

Pre-General 4

October 17, 2018

October 25, 2018

Post-General

November 26, 2018

December 6, 2018

Year-End 2018

December 31, 2018

January 31, 2019

 

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METHODS OF FILING REPORTS

Electronic Filing

Reports filed electronically must be received and validated by the Commission by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the filing deadline.

Paper Filing - Meeting the Filing Deadline

Paper Report filing options -- Registered, Certified or Overnight or First Class Mail.

 


FOOTNOTE:

3 Notice that this filing deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday. Filing deadlines are not extended when they fall on nonworking days. Accordingly, reports filed by methods other than registered, certified or overnight mail must be received by close of business on the last business day before the deadline.

 

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Pre-Primary Reports


Chart of 2018 Congressional Pre-Election Reporting Dates

This chart contains a list of primary, convention and runoff election dates for 2018 House and Senate candidates.
NOTE:
Dates are subject to change. The chart will be updated as additional primary/convention dates are set.

Candidate committees must file a pre-election report if the candidate is running in the election.

Political parties and PACs filing on a quarterly basis in 2018 are subject to pre-election reporting requirements if they make previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures in connection with any primary and/or runoff.

Political parties and PACs filing on a monthly basis in 2018 need not file pre-primary/convention/runoff reports.

 

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Pre- and Post-General Reports

Report

Close of Books +

 

Filing Deadline 6
[see Method of Filing section]

Pre-General 4
  • Congressional
    [HTML]
  • Quarterly Filing PAC/Party 5
    [HTML]
  • Monthly Filing PAC/Party
    [HTML]

October 17, 2018

October 25, 2018

Post-General
  • Congressional [HTML]
  • All PAC/Party [HTML]

November 26, 2018

December 6, 2018

+ This date indicates the end of the reporting period. A reporting period always begins the day after the closing date of the last report filed. If the committee is new and has not previously filed a report, the first report must cover all activity that occurred before the committee registered as a political committee with the Commission up through the close of books for the first report due.

4 If sent by registered or certified mail, the Pre-General must be postmarked on or before October 22. If using overnight mail, the delivery service must receive the report on or before October 22.

5 Required for quarterly-filing PAC/Party only if committee makes contributions or expenditures in connection with election during the reporting period.

6 Meeting the Filing Deadline:

 



Electioneering Communications

Electioneering communications are television and radio communications that refer to a clearly identified federal candidate and are distributed to the relevant electorate within 60 days prior to a general election or 30 days prior to a primary, nominating convention or caucus (including a special election). Individuals and other persons who make electioneering communications that aggregate in excess of $10,000 in the calendar year must file disclosure statements with the Commission within 24 hours of distribution to the public.

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Independent Expenditures


Political committees or other persons that make independent expenditures may have to disclose those expenditures within 24- or 48-hours, depending upon the date and amount of the expenditure (including a special election). Please note, these special reports apply only to independent expenditures and not to direct contributions to candidates.

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Coordinated Communications

When an individual or political committee pays for a communication that is coordinated with a candidate or party committee, the communication is considered an in-kind contribution to that candidate or party committee and is subject to the limits, prohibitions and reporting requirements of the federal campaign finance law.