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Tips for E-filing Your FEC Report
Every time a FEC report is due, clients will call about not being able to file their FEC report. This happens because the FEC server which is processing all those FEC reports is becoming overloaded. Since this is a FEC issue, not CompleteCampaigns.com, we have some recommendations for clients to prevent this from happening.
Start the report at least 2 weeks in advance to check for errors, etc.: If you run and check the report at least 2 weeks in advance, you can resolve errors, add missing items, etc, faster and send off your report before the actual filing due date.
Make sure you have your FEC passwords:Complete Campaigns.com does not have the passwords that are issued by the FEC. If you do not have the password, contact your Treasurer since they would have received one.
FEC reports are sometimes due on weekends: Sometimes the FEC report is due over the weekend. If this is the case, keep in mind that the FEC closes at 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time. So any help that you may need from your FEC Analyst, will need to be done by that Friday at 5:00pm EST, before the due date.
FEC report is always due by 12:00pm Eastern Standard Time: Anything past 12:01pm EST is considered late and you are subject to fines by the FEC. Try submitting your e-filing a few hours before the filing deadline time, in case, the FEC server becomes overloaded and prevents you from e-filing your report. This gives you a cushion to still submit the report and not waiting until the eleventh hour.
Amendments can wait:If you are trying to file an amendment before you file the report that is due at the moment, remember you can wait to file those amendments until the next day. This is especially important to remember if the FEC server is having problems. Make your first concern the report due at the moment, and file the amendments the following day when the FEC is not so overwhelmed.
Please remember these are recommendations in efiling your FEC reports and hope to alleviate any extra stress from the filers lives.
The two most common elements of an online campaign tend to be e-mail and a Web site with rich media and plenty of interactivity. The third and least developed leg of an online political campaign is online advertising. This article will answer questions about political online advertising strategies and explore how online advertising can target highly desirable audiences during parts of the day that are otherwise impossible to buy or prohibitively expensive. These “day parts” are subsections of the broadcasting day, used to determine the cost of advertising on a radio or television program.
Moreover, online advertising can be used for reinforcement as well as persuasion, by bolstering fund-raising and get-out-the-vote messages received through other media.
Online Advertising Basics
Who used online ads in 2003?
According to Nielsen//NetRatings, Howard Dean and John Kerry were the first Democratic candidates in the 2004 presidential election to advertise online, with John Edwards following their lead a few months later.
In June 2003, Kerry’s campaign placed ads on Yahoo!, asking people to participate in an online primary being held by MoveOn.org. The Dean campaign followed in August with a series of ads on MSNBC that asked people to sign up to stay connected to his campaign. This particular media buy consisted of two sizes of ads: standard horizontal banners and skyscraper vertical banners. The landing page (the page where they “landed” after they clicked on the ad) include a passionate plea for people to join the Dean campaign by entering their contact information.
In October and November 2003, John Edwards became the predominant online advertiser among the presidential hopefuls. Washingtonpost.com, NYTimes.com and MSN were among the sites used for by Edwards to help him educate voters about his stand on key issues.
In the 2003 California recall race for Governor, Garrett Gruener led the way with online ads. Gruener, a co-founder of the popular Internet search engine Ask Jeeves, spent nearly $400,000 of his $1 million budget on paid search, online ads and e-mail appeals to gain name recognition and support. He advertised on many of the local California newspaper sites, such as the LATimes.com, mercurynews.com (the San Jose Mercury News site) and SignOnSanDiego.com, a San Diego Union Tribune property. When asked why he advertised online, he said, “I don’t know if it was more effective than TV but we did not have the budget for TV. I know we drove a lot of people to our site.”
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