Form 3: Post General Report Help

The Post-General Report for FEC Candidate Filers is unique. Typically there are two columns: Col A (Transactions in the Report) and Col B (Total of Transactions Cycle to Date).

Since the time period for the Post-General includes the General Election Date, and the General Election Date is the FEC’s end of one Election Cycle, this means the Post-General covers TWO election cycles.

“Election Cycle” is merely a length of time as far as the FEC is concerned. It does not matter if the candidate did or did not win. It does not matter if the candidate is running in the next election or not. This “election cycle” term is technical one used by the FEC.

To accommodate this, the Post-General has Column C, which is the Total of Transactions Cycle to Date for the new cycle that started the day after the General Election to the end of the report.

NOTE: This is only for Form 3 filers. Form 3x Filers also have to file a Post-General, but the 3x does NOT have this special summary page with Col C. The 3x To/From Dates will be the same (as well as “Current Election” and “Report Period”) but there is no Col C.

What does this mean?

Typically, on reports with only two columns, the math is:

Previous Report Column B +
Current Report Column A =
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Current Report Column B

However, with the Post-General, the math is:

Previous Report Column B +
Current Report Column A =
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Current Report Column B +
Current Report Column C