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Campaign finance requirements for Utah ballot measures

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Campaign finance requirements for Utah ballot measures are promulgated by the Lieutenant Governor of Utah's Office. The Lieutenant Governor handles all administrative and reporting functions of the state's campaign finance laws..

The Lieutenant Governor's office has a disclosure database disclosing the financial activity of all Political Issues committees influencing ballot questions.

The Attorney General is responsible for prosecuting and investigating all campaign finance violations in the State of Utah[1][2][3][4][5].

General requirements

Political issues committee

Any group in support or opposition of a ballot measure in Utah is considered to be a Political Issues Committee[6].

Statement of Organization

Any Political Issues Committee influencing a ballot measure must file a Statement of Organization by January 10 of each year[7].

Campaign finance requirements

Contribution limits

Utah has no limits on contributions made to Political Issues Committees in support or opposition of a ballot measure. Utah is one of six states in the nation that have no limits on contributions made to candidates[8].

Corporate contributions

Any corporation can contribute to a Political Issues Committee in support or opposition of a ballot question. Any corporation that makes $750 or more in expenditures must file reports with the Lieutenant Governor.

Filing reports

Any Political Issues Committee that receive over $750 or more in contributions or make $50 or more in expenditures must file campaign finance reports[9].

Public entities

Public entities in the Utah are prohibited from donating to Political Issues Committees[10]

Right to contribute law

Utah bans any labor union from forcing individuals from contributing to a Political Issues Committee as a condition of their union membership[11].

Reporting requirements and reports

The State of Utah uses a basic reporting form for reporting campaign finances for Political Issues Committees.

Initiative packet report

Any Political Issues Committee must file a campaign finance report if they expended funds to get a ballot measure qualified. This is done when the campaign sponsors submit the verified and certified initiative packets or the signed and verified referendum packets[12]. The report is due before the April 15th deadline to deliver initiative packets to the respective county clerk[13].

Public hearing report

Utah requires a campaign finance report to be filed three days before a public hearing for an citizen initiated ballot measure[14].

August 31st report

The August 31st report takes into account financial activity from the campaign's last filed campaign finance report to August 31st. The report is due on August 31st[15].

Pre-Election report

The pre-election report covers all campaign finance activity from September 1st to seven days before the election. The report is due seven days before the general election[16].

Annual report

The annual campaign finance report that covers all campaign finance activity from January 1 to December 31st of the calendar year. The report is due on January 10th[17].

Campaign advertising requirements

Utah prohibits any person influencing a ballot question on a television advertisement without the expressed written consent of the committee's leadership[18]. There is no ad disclaimer requirement for Political Issue Committees in Utah[19].

Terminating a committee

Any political issues committee that seeks to terminate must file a termination statement with the Lieutenant Governor. The committee must file all normal campaign finance reports as their final report[20].

External links

References

  1. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-803(4a))
  2. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-703(3c))
  3. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-603(4c))
  4. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-508(4c))
  5. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-403(3c))
  6. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-101(29-A))
  7. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-101(29-A))
  8. National Conference of State Legislatures "Contribution Limits: An Overview"
  9. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-802(1)(A) Utah Code)
  10. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-1203 Utah Code)
  11. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20-11-1403 Utah Code)
  12. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-802(A)(B) Utah Code)
  13. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-7-206(1) Utah Code)
  14. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-802(1)(a)(iii) Utah Code)
  15. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-802(1)(a)(v) Utah Code)
  16. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-802(1)(a)(vi) Utah Code)
  17. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-802(1)(a)(i) Utah Code)
  18. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-901(2)
  19. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-901(1)
  20. Utah Legislature "Utah Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 20A-11-801(4A-B)