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Important Campaign Finance Dates

Pre-Primary Due: May 21, 2018

Deadline: Fifteen days prior to the primary election.
o Reporting Period: January 1, 2018 (or last submitted report) through May 16, 2018
o Who files: All statewide candidates, legislative candidates or county candidates (in counties over 10,000 population; file with County Auditor) whose name appears on the ballot, statewide political parties, statewide political action committees and statewide ballot questions committees.

Pre-General Due: October 22, 2018

Deadline: Fifteen days prior to the general election.
o Reporting Period: May 17, 2018 (or last submitted report) through October 17, 2018
o Who files: All statewide candidates, legislative candidates, statewide political action committees, statewide political parties, county political parties, statewide ballot question committees and county candidates (in counties over 10,000 population; file with County Auditor).

2018 Year-End Due: January 25, 2019

Deadline: The last Friday in January each year.
o Reporting Period: Last report through December 31, 2018
o Who files: All statewide candidates, legislative candidates, statewide political action committees, statewide political parties, statewide ballot question committees and county candidates (in counties over 10,000 population; filed with County Auditor).

2019 Year-End Due: January 31, 2020

Deadline: The last Friday in January each year.
o Reporting Period: Last report through December 31, 2019
o Who files: All statewide candidates, statewide political action committees, statewide political parties, and statewide ballot question committees.

NOTE: 12-27-3 No campaign finance disclosure report is required to be submitted by a political committee that regularly submits a campaign finance disclosure report with another state or the Federal Election Commission or a report of contributions and expenditures with the Internal Revenue Service. If a political committee treasurer is required to file a report with the secretary of state, the report may only include contributions and expenditures related to this state.

PENALTIES: 12-27-29.1 In addition to any other penalty or relief provided under this chapter, the secretary of state, may impose a civil penalty for the failure to timely file any statement, amendment, or correction required to be filed by this chapter. The civil penalty is $200 for each violation. If any violation is made by a county political party or auxiliary organization, the civil penalty is $50 for each violation. Any civil penalty collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the state general fund.
12-27-29.4
Additional penalties not to exceed $250 may be assessed and the secretary of state may refer repeated violations under this chapter for prosecution by a state's attorney or the attorney general.

NOTE: 12-27-22(6) If a statewide ballot question committee does not list any activity on the next required campaign finance report submitted to the secretary of state, that committee has until the next reporting period to report activity. If that committee does not have any activity to report by the next reporting period, the committee shall submit a termination report by that reporting period deadline.

Who files & which report Pre-Primary Pre-General Year-End
Odd Year
Year-End
Even Year
Statewide Candidates X X X X
Legislative Candidates X (if name appears on the ballot) X - X
Statewide Party X X X X
County Party & Auxiliary - X - -
Statewide PAC X X X X
Statewide Ballot Question X X X X
County Candidates
(in counties over 10,000 population)
X (if name appears on the ballot) X - X