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State by state comparison of campaign finance reporting requirements

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The following is a table comparing all states campaign finance reporting requirements.

Explanation of metrics

Table columns

  • Requires Electronic Reporting-If a state requires campaigns in support or opposition of a ballot measure to file their campaign finance reports electronically.
  • Reporting Method-How frequent does a campaign file its reports during an election year.
  • Requires Fast Track Reporting-Are campaigns required to report certain contributions within 24-72 hours to their elections authorities.
  • Committee Termination-What does a campaign need to do in order to terminate a committee.

Reporting methods

Here is an explanation of the different reporting methods. Most reporting methods include mandatory pre and post-election reporting unless otherwise noted.

  • Annual-A campaign is required to file one annual campaign finance report in addition to any pre and post-election reports.
  • Semi-Annual-A campaign is required to file two campaign finance reports during the year in addition to any pre and post-election reports.
  • Quarterly-A campaign is required to file a campaign finance report at the end of each calendar quarter in addition to any pre and post-election reports.
  • Monthly-A campaign is required to file campaign finance reports on a monthly basis in addition to any pre and post-election reports.
  • Frequent-A campaign would file reports on a frequent basis involving a combination of more than one reporting method.
  • Inverted-Campaign finance reporting deadlines would be different for every election cycle.

State by-state comparison table

State Requires Electronic Reporting Reporting Method Requires Fast Track Reporting Committee Termination
Alabama No Annual report with additional pre and post-election reports. No Must submit termination statement to the Secretary of State or local probate judge. The statement must disclose how debts would be paid off.
Alaska Yes Semi-annual report with additional pre and post-election reports. Yes-For all contributions over $10,000 during the entire election cycle. A campaign must have a termination statement filed with the filing officer at time of termination. The campaign must have no debts outstanding and disclose how excess funds would be disbursed.
Arizona Yes Semi-annual reporting with additional pre and post-election reports. Yes-For all contributions over $10,000 during the entire election cycle. A campaign must have a termination statement filed with the filing officer at time of termination. Must have no debts outstanding and disclose how excess funds would be disbursed..
Arkansas No Monthly reporting with additional pre and post-election reporting. No A campaign must notify Arkansas Ethics Commission when intending to terminate.
California Yes Frequent-Combination of Semi-annual, quarterly, and pre/post election reports. No Committee must file termination statement with the CA FPPC. Must have zero balance and surplus funds when terminating.
Colorado Yes Frequent-Combination of pre/post election reporting along with monthly and quarterly reports. No A committee must have zero balance before filing a termination statement with the Secretary of State.
Connecticut No Quarterly reports in addition to pre and post-election reports. No A committee can terminate within 90 days after announcing intentions to not pursue another referendum in a successive election.
Delaware No Annual report with 2 additional pre-election reports. No A committee can terminate upon expectation of not receiving contributions or making expenditures of $500 or more.
Florida Yes Quarterly reports with additional pre and post-election reports. No A committee can terminate upon expectation of not receiving contributions or making expenditures of $500 or more.
Georgia Yes Annual report with additional pre-election reports. No Annual report is final report.
Hawaii Yes Pre and post-election reporting only. No A committee can terminate an terminate upon settling all outstanding debts or expending surplus funds.
Idaho No Annual report with additional pre and post-election reports. Yes-All contributions of $1,000 or more must be reported within 48 hours during the final 16 days before the election. A committee must have no expenditures made, no contributions received, along with no outstanding debt in order to terminate. This must be noted on a check-off box on Idaho form C-2.
Illinois Yes Semi-annual reporting with an additional pre-election report. No A committee can terminate upon expectation of receiving no more contributions or expenditures made.
Indiana No Annual reporting with two pre-election reports for before the general and election. No A committee can dissolve upon expectation of receiving no more contributions or expenditures made.
Iowa No Frequent-A combination of quarterly-semi/annual reports along with an annual report. Also, two pre-election reports are mandated. No Must have no debts outstanding and no longer receiving contributions. In addition, the campaign must dispose of all property over $100.
Kansas No Semi-annual reporting with an additional pre-election report. No A campaign can only terminate when all outstanding debts are retired.
Kentucky No Inverted-Quarterly during off-years, pre-and post-election only in election years. No Can only terminate when all outstanding debts are retired.
Maine Yes Quarterly reports along with additional pre-election report Yes-All expenditures of $500 or more must be reported within 24 hours during the last 13 days before the election. Can terminate when the campaign is no longer accepting contributions.
Maryland Yes Annual reporting along with pre and post-election reports. No Can only terminate with zero surplus funds and zero cash balance. Also, a committee must have all outstanding debts settled before termination.
Massachusetts Yes Frequent-2 Semi annual reports along with twice-a-month reports in the last 60 days before the election. No Must file statement with MA Office of Political Campaign Finance within 60 days of dissolution indicating no contributions received or expenditures made.
Michigan Yes Tri-Annual-Reports due before qualifying a measure in addition to pre and post-election reporting. No A committee can dissolve upon expectation of not receiving contributions or making expenditures of $1,000 or more.
Minnesota No Annual reports with additional pre-election report and initial report when the group was first formed. No Campaigns must file a termination report certifying no debts outstanding and all assets over $100 disposed of.
Mississippi Yes Monthly reports along with additional pre and post-election reporting. Yes-All contributions of $200 or more received in the last 10 days before the election must be reported within 48 hours. Can terminate with no debts outstanding, no contributions received, and no expenditures made.
Missouri Yes Quarterly reports along with pre and post-election reporting Yes-All contributions of $5,000 or more have to be reported within 48 hours regardless when the contribution was received. A committee must file a termination statement with the MO Ethics Commission within 10 days of termination. The statement must denote how surplus funds would be disbursed or debts would be paid off.
Montana Yes Frequent-Combination of quarterly, monthly, and pre/post-election reporting. Yes-All debts of $500 or more for campaign supplies must be reported within 24 hours. Also, all campaign contributions of $500 or more must be reported within 24 hours during the last ten days before the election. A committee can only terminate when all debts are settled.
Nebraska No Annual report along with additional pre and post-election reports. No Can terminate upon having all debts paid off and in good standing with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.
Nevada No Quarterly reporting along with pre and post-election reports. No Must file termination statement within 30 days of being declared inactive by the Secretary of State..
New Hampshire No Semi-annual reporting with additional pre and post-election reports on a frequent basis. No A committee must terminate within 10 days after the election.
New Jersey Yes Quarterly reporting with additional pre and post-election reports. Yes-All contributions of $1,200 or more must be reported within 48 hours if the contribution was on the day of or before the election. A committee must stop receiving contributions and indicate on their campaign finance report that they will plan to terminate. Also, a committee must state how they will spend surplus funds.
New Mexico Yes Inverted-Semi-annual in off-years, and frequent reporting in election years consisting of a combination of monthly, quarterly, and pre/post election reports. No A committee can terminate when they are no outstanding campaign debts, all money has been expended properly, and the bank account is closed.
New York Yes Semi-annual reporting with additional pre and post-election reports. No A committee must file a request to terminate with their filing officer and denote on their last campaign finance report that they will terminate. All surplus funds must be disbursed. Committees cannot terminate in the middle of a election cycle.
North Carolina No Annual report along with additional pre and post-election reports. No A committee can terminate upon expectation of no longer receiving contributions or making expenditures.
North Dakota No Annual report along with additional pre and post-election reports. Yes-All contributions of $500 or more must be reported within 48 hours during the final 20 days before the election. Must re-register by January 31st. The annual report is considered to be a termination statement.
Ohio Yes Semi-annual reporting along with additional pre and post-election reports. No Committees can terminate when they have a zero balance. A committee must denote their termination by marking a check-off box on the standard campaign finance form. No separate form is required for committee termination.
Oklahoma Yes Quarterly reporting with an additional pre-election report. Yes-All contributions of $500 or more must be reported within 24 hours during the final 10 days before the election. A committee must file a final campaign finance report on the expectation of having no contributions received or expenditures made. A committee can have outstanding debts at the time of termination, but they must disclose how they will pay off the debts. All committees must re-file by January 31st every year.
Oregon Yes Frequent. Real-time reporting with deadlines to report transactions dependent on how many days remaining before the election. No A committee must have no debts outstanding or contributions received at the time of termination.
Pennsylvania No Annual report with two pre-election and two post-election reports. No A committee can terminate after there are no debts outstanding or excess contributions remaining.
Rhode Island No Monthly reports along with additional reports for when a committee first formed and pre/post-election. No A committee can terminate within 30 days after the election.
South Carolina Yes Quarterly reports along with an annual report and an additional report at the time a committee is first formed. No Can only terminate after all financial activity stops.
South Dakota No Semi-annual reporting with a additional pre-election report, Yes-All contributions of $500 must be reported withing 48 hours during the final 18 days before the election. Can only terminate after all financial activity stops.
Texas Yes Semi-annual reporting along with additional pre and post-election reports. No Can terminate upon expectation of no expenditures made or contributions received. Must file a termination statement within 10 days of dissolution.
Utah No Frequent-Reports are due before an initiative's public hearing, qualification, and August 31st. In addition, a pre-election and annual report is mandated. No A committee must terminate with Lt. Governor. There are no restrictions on when a committee can terminate.
Vermont No Semi-Annual reporting with additional monthly reports from August-October. No A committee must file termination report before terminating. Committee termination can be done with no debts outstanding and no excess funds.
Virginia Yes-If campaign plans to spend $10,000 or more to influence referendum. Inverted-Separate reporting calendars for the year before and the year of the election. Yes-All Contributions of $10,000 or more must be reported within 72 hours. Can terminate upon the expectation of having a zero balance (no contributions made or expenditures received).
Washington State Yes-If campaign plans to spend $10,000 or more to influence referendum. Frequent-Campaigns file a combination of monthly, pre, and post-election reporting. Deadlines change on an annual basis. Yes-All contributions limited to $5,000 in last 21 days before the election.
Wisconsin Yes Inverted method consisting of pre-election and semi-annual reporting. Deadlines change with the spring or fall election calendar. Yes-All contributions of $500 or more must be reported within 24 hours during the final 15 days before the election. Can terminate upon the expectation of having a zero balance (no contributions made or expenditures received).
Wyoming Yes Pre and Post-election reporting only with an additional report when a measure is getting qualified. No A committee can terminate when all debts are retired.

NOTE: West Virginia is not listed because they do not require campaigns influencing the passage or defeat of a ballot question to register with the Secretary of State.