2016 SUPPLEMENTAL FILING INFORMATION
FOR PACs & PARTY COMMITTEES
PLEASE NOTE: The Commission provides reminders of upcoming filing dates as a courtesy to help committees comply with the filing deadlines set forth in the Act and Commission regulations. Committee treasurers must comply with all applicable filing deadlines established by law, and the lack of prior notice does not constitute an excuse for failing to comply with any filing deadline.
WHO MUST FILE
All Party Committees and PACs (separate segregated funds, committees with non-contribution accounts [Hybrid or Carey PACS] and other nonconnected committees) must file either quarterly or monthly reports in 2016. See 11 CFR 104.5(c). State, district and local party committees that engage in reportable "federal
election activity" ("FEA") must file on a monthly basis. See 11 CFR 300.36(b) and (c)(1).
Before a committee can stop filing with the FEC, it must file a termination report with the Commission. See 11 CFR 102.3. Committees must continue to file reports until the Commission notifies them in writing that their termination report has been accepted.
METHODS OF FILING REPORTS
Reports filed electronically must be received and validated by the Commission by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the filing deadline. See 11 CFR 104.5(e).
See also 11 CFR 104.18 and 100.19.
Paper Filing - Meeting the Filing Deadline
Paper Report filing options -- Registered, Certified or Overnight 1 or First Class Mail. See 11 CFR 104.5(e). See also 11 CFR 100.19.
Quarterly filing committees that make contributions or expenditures (including independent expenditures) in connection with an election in 2016 must also file a Pre-Election Report, if the activity was not previously reported. See 11 CFR 104.5(c)(1)(ii).
48- AND 24-HOUR REPORTS OF INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES
Any PAC or Party Committee that makes independent expenditures may have to disclose this activity within 48- or 24-hours based upon the date and amount of the expenditure. See 11 CFR 104.4(b)(2) and (c). See generally, 11 CFR 104.4.
These reports are not required when a PAC or Party Committee makes a contribution directly to a candidate.
Committee treasurers are responsible for both the timeliness and the accuracy of all reports. They may be subject to monetary penalties if reports are inaccurate or are not filed on time. See 11 CFR 104.14(d).
Administrative Fines Program
Political committees and their treasurers who fail to file their reports on time may be subject to civil money penalties up to $21,870 (or more for repeat late- and non-filers). See 11 CFR 111.43. See generally, 11 CFR Part 111 Subpart B. See also 11 CFR 111.44.
DISCLOSURE OF LOBBYIST BUNDLING ACTIVITY
Party committees and Leadership PACs must file FEC Form 3L [PDF] if they receive two
or more bundled contributions from lobbyists/registrants or lobbyist/registrant
PACs that aggregate in excess of$17,600 during the applicable reporting period. See 11 CFR
104.22(b) and 11 CFR
2016 REPORTING SCHEDULE
CHANGE IN FILING FREQUENCY
Committees able to change their reporting schedule (for example, from monthly to quarterly) who wish to do so must notify the Commission in writing and may change their filing frequency no more than once per calendar year. See 11 CFR 104.5(c). The committee will receive a letter from the Commission approving the frequency
1 "Overnight mail" includes Priority or Priority Express Mail having a delivery
confirmation, or an overnight service with which the report is scheduled for
next business day delivery and is recorded in the service's online tracking
system. See 11 CFR
100.19(b)(1) and (b)(3)(i).
Note that "Express Mail" as referred to in FEC regulations has been renamed
"Priority Express Mail" by the USPS.
FOR INFORMATION, CALL: (800) 424-9530 or (202) 694-1100