About the FEC Form 5 Report

Applies To: Federal Election Commission

The FEC Form 5 Report is in regard to financial disclosures, specifically for reporting independent expenditures made and contributions received to be used by persons other than political committees. Independent expenditures aggregating in excess of $250 in a calendar year must be reported on this report. In order for the FEC Form 5 Report to work, both Expenses and Estimated Expenses need Support/Oppose Memos with either IE to Support or IE to Oppose.

Note that if a transaction has been reported on Form 3/3x, that has been marked as filed and that transaction will not pull to a FEC Form 5.

Version Differences

  • 24-Hour Report: Persons who make independent expenditures aggregating $1,000 or more towards a given election after the 20th day but more than 24 hours before the day of the election must file this version.
  • 48-Hour Report: Persons who make independent expenditures aggregating $10,000 or more towards a given after-election outside of the 20 days before an election must be reported on this report.
  • Quarterly: Persons making independent expenditures over $250 in aggregation will need to report that on this report.