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Report Deadlines and Who Files

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).
***Ballot Question Committees: Shall submit a termination report to the secretary of state by 5:00 p.m. central time on the last Friday in January following the calendar year the ballot question was on the ballot.

NOTE: 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 two hundred dollars ($200) for each violation. If any violation is made by a county political party or auxiliary organization, the civil penalty is fifty dollars ($50) for each violation. Additional penalties not to exceed $250 could be assessed per SB 151. Any civil penalty collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the state general fund.

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