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In this newsletter we’re including some helpful links for FEC Reporting with BackOffice, as well as two articles on making your FEC filing smoother. Careful readers of our newsletter will notice that we are republishing both of these sections from our November 15th newsletter. However, with FEC reporting ramping up, we think this content is definitely worth a second look.

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New Features
Reporting Payments for Inkind Auction Items

If you have outstanding inkind auction items, you may now directly record an Intermediary when you are recording the auction payment.

Add Calendar Entries from My Dashboard

If you have any of the Calendar items featured on your My Dashboard page, you will now see an "Add" button on each calendar section. Use this button to add entries directly to the calendar, rather than going through the Calendar tab.

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Helpful Links for Running FEC Reports with BackOffice
Changed Transaction Report

The changed transaction report is designed to assist in finding discrepancies that may be causing problems with an FEC or other government compliance report.

Learn how to run this report online >>

Report Warnings and Errors Overview

When generating an FEC or other government compliance report, BackOffice always runs automatic checks for a variety of errors and provides you with a list of potential problems. There are divided into three sections: Fatal Errors, Report Warnings and Items for Review.

Learn about each online >>

Understanding the FEC Form 3Z-1

BackOffice includes a special report designed specifically to help you understand the numbers that appear on your Form 3z-1 and prepare a Form 99 to respond to a 3z-1 inquiry from your FEC analyst.

Learn how to use this report online >>

Tips for e-Filing Your FEC Report

Nearly every time an FEC report is due, clients call us about not being able to file their FEC report. This happens because the FEC server is overloaded processing everyone's submissions. We have some helpful recommendations to keep this from happening to you.

See these helpful tips online >>

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FEC Reporting Made Easy (or at least easier)
PART I: Using Good Software

In part I of this series, I will discuss what to look for in campaign reporting software and how it can make your job preparing Federal Election Commission reports easier and more effective. I’m clearly biased about what software to use for campaign finance reporting. However, with ever increasingly complicated reporting requirements it is extremely important to use software that will assist in fulfilling these requirements.

Read the rest of Part I online >>

PART II: Beyond the Software

No software can manage all the rules for you -- you need to make sure you're very familar with campaign finance law. The Federal Election Commission offers easy to read guides for political committees of all types. We have posted links to FEC publications online, along with the rest of Part II.

Read the rest of Part II online >>

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