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FEC Form 3P

Article ID: 263
Last updated: 04 Oct, 2010

FEC Form 3P is used by Presidential Candidates to disclose the financial transactions which took place in a given period.

Accounts - Select the filing committee you would like to run the FEC Form 3P report for. Additionally, you will need to select the bank accounts whose transactions you would like to disclose in the report.

Form Information

Report Schedule - Select the appropriate report Schedule (such as April Quarterly, or 12 day preceding) from the drop down box. If you are not sure which Report Schedule you are reporting on, please contact your FEC analyst.

Beginning Cash On Hand - Set this amount to the amount of cash on hand your campaign or organization has at the beginning of the period. This value can be taken from Line 8 (Cash on Hand at Close of Reporting Period) of the summary page of the previous report. 20%

Report Start Date - Set this date to the first date of the reporting period you are reporting on. If you are not sure what your reporting dates are, please contact your FEC analyst. Transactions in your dataset with a transaction date on or after this date (and before the Report End Date) will pull to the report.

Report End Date - Set this date to the last date of the reporting period you are reporting on. If you are not sure what your reporting dates are, please contact your FEC analyst. Transactions in your dataset with a transaction date on or before this date (and after the Report Start Date) will pull to the report.

Itemization Threshold Start Date - Set this date on or before the Report Start Date. Any transaction with a transaction date after this date, which is linked to another transaction with a transaction start date between the Report Start and End Date, will pull to the report. People generally set this date to either the first of the current year, or the day after the previous election.

Election Date - Set this date to the most recent or applicable election. If you are not sure what Election Date you need to have on your report, please contact your FEC analyst.

Current Period - Set this value to the current election cycle period, for instance, Primary or General. If you are running a pre- or post- report setting this field will specify whether it is a pre- or post- general or primary. If you are not sure what to set as the current period, please contact your FEC analyst.

Election State - Set this value to the State Code of the State in which the election the candidate of this committee is participating in. Amend a

Previous Report - Check this box if you are amending a previous report you have filed with the FEC. If you check this box, you will need to fill in the Amended Schedule ID field with the FEC report number of the original report it is amending. The format of this field must be FEC-XXXXXX (e.g. FEC-123456). Additionally, in the Amendment # field you will need to put the number which this amendment is in the sequence of all previous amendments. For instance, if this is the 2nd amendment to the original report filed with the FEC, you will put a 2 in this box.

Report Activity - Check the box of the period you wish to report the transactions from.

Sort Order - Check off the box which represents how you would like the report ordered. For the purposes of grouping memo entries with their parent transactions, it is recommended to use "No Order", though technically it is fine if the memos are not physically next to their parent transactions.

Form 3P Schedules

Schedules A through D - Select the schedules for which you would like to disclose financial information for. If you check off a box, and there are no transactions that are to be reported for that type of schedule, the schedule will simply not print on the report. For this reason, it is recommended that when running the report, unless you have a specific reason for not including a particular schedule, that you select all schedules.

Settings

Fill in Empty Fields with ‘Information Requested’ Employer / Occupation - Check this box if you would like the program to automatically fill in, on the FEC report, occupation fields for individuals whom you have no occupation data for with the text "Information Requested".

Print Text to Report - If you need to attach a short text memo to your report, type that text directly into the box (do not copy and paste text from Microsoft Word, or other word processing applications except for Microsoft Notepad). Lastly, make sure to check off the box.

Change of Address - Check off this box if your committee has changed its address since the last report was filed.

Form Actions

Previous - Click on ‘Previous’ to go to the previous tab of the report, for instance, going from Form Information to Accounts.

Next - Click on ‘Next’ to go to the next tab of the report, for instance, going from Accounts to Form Information. Run click on ‘Run’ to generate a report with the options and parameters selected in the different tabs of this particular compliance report.

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Article ID: 263
Last updated: 04 Oct, 2010
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