Mar 15, 2016 / by Mark Reilly

If your PAC filings aren’t compliant with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), you won’t be able to accomplish your goals for growth and participation for your PAC. But how can you best ensure compliance?

Trust the software that more corporations, trade associations, membership organizations and labor unions used to file their 2015 year-end disclosure reports with the FEC than any other vendor software: Cision (formerly Vocus) PAC compliance software.

This marks the fifth consecutive year Cision has received the honor. The same was true for the top 500 PACs overall, and was also true for the Top 500 Corporate PACs, the Top 100 Trade Association PACs, the Top 100 Membership Organizations and the Top 50 Labor Unions.

The Top 1,000


Of the top 1,000 PACs that filed with the FEC in 2015, Cision is used by 234 of them. Cision is used more than every vendor aside from the free FECfile software.

The Top 500


If we look at the top 500 corporate PACs, Cision rises above every other competitor. With 135 (27 percent), Cision beats even the free FECFile.






So in this year of divisive politics where both Washington and America seem divided on nearly everything related to politics, corporate America, trade associations, professional societies and labor unions can all agree on one thing: Cision is the industry’s choice for PAC management software to file with the FEC.

Methodology and Source Data

All data used was taken from the FEC’s website.

When a PAC files with the FEC electronically, the type of software used to file the report is included. Cision downloaded the 2015 Year-End Report data from the FEC for all qualified PACs that identified themselves as corporations, membership organizations, trade associations and labor unions. (Cision Government Relations does not sell to candidate committees, national or state parties or SuperPACs).  

We then checked each 2015 year-end filing and noted the name of the vendor software used.  


  1. FECfile versus FECFile:
    1. The Vendor value of “FECFile” (as opposed to FECfile with small ‘f’) is used by DDC Advocacy to identify their software
    2. The Vendor value of “FECfile” (as opposed to FECFile with upper case ‘F’) is the upload software provided by FEC.  This is generally used by PACs who use an agency or law firm to outsource their filing or who may in fact have a software package, but for whatever reason choose to file using the free FEC upload software.  
  2. Campaign Manager 360 is identified as Aristotle in charts used.
  3. Vocus PAC Management is identified as Cision in charts used due to the recent name change from Vocus to Cision.
  4. Any vendor that had only one PAC using that software to file or was less than 1 percent of the overall category segment (corporate, trade association, membership organization or labor union as defined by FEC) was lumped into the “Other” category.
  5. For all categories (corporate, membership, trade association, labor union and cooperative) the amount of the total contributions raised by the PAC was the value used to rank the PAC from one to 1000, etc.  This is the “Tot_Con” field in FEC data.  

Any questions about this process or to request source data, please contact Mark Reilly at mark.reilly(at)cision(dot)com.


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About Mark Reilly

Mark Reilly is vice president of CisionPAC software. Since 1995 Mark has worked at the intersection of public affairs and technology. Providing strategic counsel for PACs, associations, candidates, corporations and issue advocacy campaigns on how to best leverage online technology to reach their goals. Before the internet, Mark worked as radio scriptwriter, a New York City public high school teacher and as a community organizer in Costa Rica. An Ann Arbor native, he now lives in Bethesda, Maryland.