2018 SUPPLEMENTAL FILING INFORMATION
FOR PRESIDENTIAL 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 principal campaign committees of current and former Presidential candidates 1 must file either quarterly or monthly reports in 2018. See 11 CFR 104.5(b).
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 2 or First Class Mail. See 11 CFR 104.5(e). See also 11 CFR 100.19.
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 Fine Program
Under the Administrative Fine Program,
political committees and their treasurers who fail to file their reports, or who file late, may be subject to civil money penalties up to $22,228 (or more for repeat late- and non-filers). 3 See 11 CFR 111.43.
See generally, 11 CFR Part 111 Subpart B. See also 11 CFR 111.44.
DISCLOSURE OF LOBBYIST BUNDLING ACTIVITY
Principal campaign committees must file FEC Form
3L if they receive two or more bundled contributions from
any lobbyist/registrant or lobbyist/registrant PACs that aggregate in excess of $18,200 during the applicable reporting preriods. Access the PDF and instructions. See 11
CFR 104.22(b) and 11
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(b)(2).
2018 REPORTING SCHEDULE
1 Generally, an individual becomes a candidate for federal office (and thus triggers registration and reporting obligations) when his or her campaign exceeds $5,000 in either contributions received or expenditures made. If the campaign has not crossed the $5,000 threshold, it is not required to file reports. See 11 CFR 100.3(a).See also 11 CFR 104.5(a).
2 "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.
3 Penalties for late- or non-filing of 48-hour notices are based on the amount of contributions not timely disclosed. As a result, these penalties may exceed $22,228, even for first-time violations. See 11 CFR 111.44.
FOR INFORMATION, CALL: (800) 424-9530 or (202) 694-1100