Most candidates for public office will be required to file three types of campaign finance forms:

 

1. An “Appointment of Political Treasurer”; and

2. A “Conflict of Interest Statement”; and

3. A “Financial Disclosure Statement”

 

The Political Treasurer form should be filed within (30) days of the qualifying deadline.

 

Candidates for larger offices such as State Representative usually appoint someone else as treasurer.

 

Candidates will now file quarterly financial disclosure reports. The first one is a Pre-Election Report. The pre-election report covers the period from the time that the person became a candidate to the

10th day before the election.

 

In the Financial Disclosure report, any contribution valued at more than $100.00 must be recorded on the report, which will include the contributor’s name, address, how much money was contributed and if possible, the contributor’s occupation.

 

Any candidate with an open account must file a semi-annual supplemental report during the years when the candidate does not have an election. 

 

An open account means that there was something other than zero entered beside “balance on hand” or “total loans outstanding” or “total obligations outstanding” on the previously filed report. 

 

For semi-annual reporting, the first reporting period ends on January 15 and the report is due on January 31. 

 

The second reporting period ends on June 30 and the report is due on July 15. 

 

If it is the candidate’s election year, the candidate must file quarterly reports in addition to the pre-primary and pre-general reports.

 

Can a candidate contribute to his or her own campaign? And if so, how much?

Yes. A candidate can contribute up to $20,000 to his/her own campaign.

 

How much money or services rendered can an individual contribute to a candidate?

· For a local office ($1,000)

· For a statewide office ($2,500)

· (Note*) under the recently passed Ethics Law, a candidate cannot accept a cash contribution of more than $50.

 

How much money or services rendered can a “Multi-Candidate Campaign Committee” contribute to a candidate?

· For a statewide office or the senate ($7,500)

· For any other state or local office ($5,000)

 

Under what circumstances would a candidate be required to file a detailed campaign financial disclosure report?

· When the office is a full-time office;

· When the compensation for the office is $500.00 or more per month; or

· When the public office is for that of a Chief Administrative Officer; or

· When the candidate’s expenditures for the election exceed $1,000.00

CAMPAIGN FINANCE

WHERE TO FILE A

CAMPAIGN FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT

If a candidate is seeking an office for which service is part-time, compensation is less than $500 a month and the candidate does not spend more than $1,000 to get elected to office, the candidate does not have to file campaign disclosure statements, unless the office sought is a Chief Administrative Office.

CAMPAIGN FINANCIAL RULES FOR JUDICIAL CANDIDATES

¨ Judicial Candidates are prohibited from personally soliciting or accepting campaign contributions.

¨ Judicial Candidates are to set up political campaign committees for the acceptance of contributions and for the expenditure of those funds.

¨ A judicial candidate shall appoint someone other than themselves as treasurer of the committee.

A judicial candidate’s committee shall not solicit campaign contributions earlier than 180 days before an election and not later than 90 days after the last election in which the individual candidate participates during the election year.  (The 180 day period for the judicial offices that may possibly be subject to a primary election, shall begin to run 180 days prior to the date that the primary election would be held, even if no primary is held.)

 

Campaign contributions to judicial candidates are subject to the dollar limitations set forth in the Campaign Contribution Limits Act, T.C.A. 2-10-301

 

Judicial candidates may make contributions to a political organization or candidate in the amounts provided for in the Campaign Contribution Limits Act.

Office Candidate is Seeking

Office where report is to be filed

State Senator

Registry of Election Finance;

State Representative

Registry of Election Finance;

Local County & City Offices

County Election Commission

Office Candidate is Seeking

Office where report is to be filed

State Senator

Registry of Election Finance;

State Representative

Registry of Election Finance;

Local County & City Offices

County Election Commission