Campaigns often get earmarked contributions that are passed through another political committee, such as ActBlue or WinRed. In these case, you may be required to report both the original donor and the political committee that is the “conduit.”
Very specific data entry is required for proper reporting.
Types of Conduit Transactions
There are three types of conduit transactions:
1) Conduit Checks – This is when a check or other transfer comes from conduit. It may include the donation from one or more donors and fees may be deducted. This is the most common method.
2) Donor Checks – Where the donor has written a check directly to your committee but the physical check was passed through the conduit.
3) Inkind – This very rare transaction takes place when a donor makes an inkind contribution to a conduit for the explicit purposes of assisting your campaign.
Conduit Check Data Entry
These are entered as monetary contributions.
As the check to your committee was from the conduit, the conduit should be the entity for the main transaction. It should be entered the same as other monetary contributions with the following notes:
Date – For the FEC and most states, use the date the check or transfer was received. A few states require that the postmark date is used. Please check your state’s laws.
Amount – The amount of the check or transfer. If fees were deducted, you should still enter the actual amount transferred.
Tag – Select “Conduit – Conduit Check”
Splits – Enter each individual donor as a split. For their amount, choose the original amount they designated. Do not subtract out fees. No tags are needed on these splits.
Special Note on Fees – Please see our separate help file on how ISP automates fee calculations and reporting.
Donor Checks Data Entry
These are also entered as monetary contributions.
As the check to your committee was from the individual donor, they should be the entity for the main transaction and it should be the same as other monetary contributions with the following notes:
Date – For the FEC and most states, this is the date the contribution was received as the conduit. Please check with your state to confirm regulations.
Tag – Select “Conduit – Donor Check”
Splits – Enter the conduit organization as a split. For donor checks, you must also add the “Conduit – Donor Check” tag to this split. Enter the date you received the transaction. For the amount, enter the total of all checks received in the batch from the Conduit.
Note: If you need to add additional splits (for partnerships, for example), you may do so. These should not have the “Conduit – Donor Check” tag.
Conduit Inkind Data Entry
These are entered as inkind contributions.
The conduit should be the original donor. Enter as other inkind contributions.
Date – the service/goods were received.
Tag – Select “Conduit – Inkind”
Splits – Enter the conduit. For the date use the date the conduit notified your committee of the inkind. Enter the same amount as for the main transaction.