02.06.2013The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) released an updated reporting threshold for the 2013 calendar year for lobbyist bundling reporting. The threshold, indexed for inflation, increased to $17,100 for the 2013 calendar year from $16,700 for the 2012 calendar year. Reporting committees, authorized committees of Federal candidates, leadership PACs, and political party committees, must file Form 3L, a bundling disclosure report, if the reporting committee received two or more “bundled contributions” exceeding the reporting threshold during the reporting period. Reporting periods run from January 1-June 30 and July 1-December 31 of each calendar year. A “bundled contribution” is any contribution that is either (1) forwarded to a reporting committee by a lobbyist/registrant or lobbyist/registrant PAC, or (2) received by the reporting committee and credited to a lobbyist/registrant or lobbyist/registrant PAC through “records, designations, or other means of recognizing that a certain amount of money has been raised.” The FEC has released Frequently Addressed Questions on Lobbyist Bundling on its website to assist reporting committees in determining if it must file Form 3L.