07x5a: Attachment to 07x5, Reporting of Reimbursement of Travel-Related Expenses

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ATTACHMENT TO DAEOGRAM CLARIFYING
THE REQUIREMENTS FOR REPORTING CERTAIN
TRAVEL-RELATED REIMBURSEMENTS
AND FREE GIFTS OF ATTENDANCE
 


Reporting of Reimbursement of Travel-Related Expenses

Financial disclosure filers must report travel-related reimbursements they receive, including the source, with a value of at least $305 in a calendar year unless those reimbursements are required to be reported to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) because they are for a Federal campaign or election.

The following political, travel-related reimbursements are not reported to the FEC and, therefore, must be disclosed by filers on their financial disclosure reports:

Reimbursements paid by a State or local candidate;
Reimbursements paid by a State or local party committee or non-Federal committee exclusively for a State or local election event;
Reimbursements paid by a “527” group exclusively for a State or local election event; and
Reimbursements paid by a “connected organization” for a PAC fundraising event that only members of the political committee or representatives of committee donors will attend.


Reporting of Gifts of Attendance to Events That Do Not Include Overnight Lodging

Financial disclosure filers must report gifts of free attendance worth more than $122 if all gifts from one source exceed $305 in a calendar year. However, when determining the value of attendance at an event that does not involve overnight lodging, a filer may subtract the value of food and beverages consumed at the event from the value of the gift of free attendance for reporting purposes.

For example, if a filer accepted free attendance to a local $500-per-ticket gala and the food and beverages provided to each attendee for consumption at the gala were valued at $75, the filer must disclose the net $425 value of the admission to the gala on her financial disclosure report.