Campaign finance requirements for Idaho ballot measures

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Campaign finance requirements for Idaho ballot measures are promulgated by the Idaho Secretary of State. The Secretary of State is responsible for handling all administrative and reporting functions for campaign finance reporting in the State of Idaho.

If someone feels a person or committee violated Idaho campaign finance law, the first step is to file a complaint with the Secretary of State[1][2]. Once a complaint is received, the Secretary of State investigates the complaint and the Attorney General has authority to prosecute all violations[3]

General requirements

Certification of Treasurer

Before any contributions can be received or expenditures be made, a political committee in support or opposition of a ballot measure must file a Certification of Treasurer Statement with the Secretary of State[4]. The certification serves as the campaign's official statement of organization. The person selected to be the committee's treasurer must be a registered voter in the State of Idaho[5].

Political committee

All groups in support or opposition of a ballot measure in Idaho are considered to be a Political Committee[6].

The $1,000 in 48 hours rule

Any Political Committee must report any contribution over $1,000 received during the last sixteen days of the election within 48 hours to the Secretary of State[7].

Campaign finance requirements

Contribution limits

Political Committees influencing the passage or defeat of a ballot measure can accept unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations, labor unions, along with state and local party organizations[8].

Filing reports

All Political Committees must file campaign finance reports if they receive contributions or make expenditures of $500 or more[9].

Idaho Right to Contribute law

Idaho prohibits labor unions from making contributions to a political campaign a condition of union membership[10].

Reporting requirements and reports

7 Day Pre-Primary

The 7 day pre-primary report is the first campaign finance report for Political Committees in Idaho. For the 2010 cycle, the report covers campaign finance activity from January 1 to May 9, 2010. The report is due on May 18, 2010[11].

30 Day Post-Primary

The 30 day post-primary report is the second campaign finance report for Political Committees. For the 2010 cycle, the report covers campaign finance activity from May 10 to June 4, 2010. The report is due on June 24, 2010[12].

October 10 Pre-General

The October 10 Pre-General report is the third campaign finance report for Political Committees. Also, the October 10 report is the first of two pre-election reports. For the 2010 cycle, the report covers campaign finance activity from June 5 to September 30, 2010. The report is due on October 10, 2010[13].

7 Day Pre-General

The 7 Day pre-general report is the fourth campaign finance report for Political Committees. Also, the 7 day report is the second of two pre-election reports. For the 2010 cycle, the report covers campaign finance activity from October 1 to October 17, 2010. The report is due on October 26, 2010[14].

30 Day Post-General

The 30 Day Post-General report is the fifth campaign finance report for Political Committees. For the 2010 cycle, the report covers campaign finance activity from October 18 to November 12, 2010. The report is due on December 2, 2010[15].

Annual report

The Annual Report is a cumulative campaign finance report. The report covers all financial activity from January 1 to December 31, 2010. The report is due on January 31, 2011[16].

Campaign advertising restrictions

All electioneering communications paid by a campaign contributor must be reported to the Secretary of State[17]. All independent expenditure campaigns must be registered with Secretary State at least thirty days before the general election in order to place any ads[18]. Any communication of $1,000 or more must be reported within 48 hours to the Secretary of State[19].

The name of the person who paid for the advertisement is required to be in the ad's disclaimer[20].

Terminating a committee

Any committee that intends to dissolve must indicate their intentions on Idaho Form (C-2) that shows zero expenditures and contributions. Idaho mandates that campaigns can only dissolve when line 6 of Idaho Form (C-2) shows zero balance and no outstanding debt[21]. There is a check-off box on Form C-2 to indicate the report is also a termination statement[22][23].

Campaigns in Idaho can use their surplus funds to donate to non-profit organizations, national, state or local party committees, state and local candidates, and other political committees. Surplus funds can be used once a candidate is sworn into office to take care of ordinary expenses[21].

External links

References

  1. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6615, Idaho Code)
  2. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6623(d-e), Idaho Code)
  3. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6625(c), Idaho Code)
  4. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6603(c), Idaho Code)
  5. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6603(a), Idaho Code)
  6. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6602(p)(1), Idaho Code)
  7. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6607(c), Idaho Code)
  8. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6610A, Idaho Code)
  9. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6602(p)(2), Idaho Code)
  10. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6605, Idaho Code)
  11. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6607(1), Idaho Code)
  12. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6607(2), Idaho Code)
  13. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6607(4), Idaho Code)
  14. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6607(5), Idaho Code)
  15. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6607(6), Idaho Code)
  16. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6608(a), Idaho Code)
  17. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6630(1), Idaho Code)
  18. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6611(2), Idaho Code)
  19. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6630(3), Idaho Code)
  20. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6614A, Idaho Code)
  21. 21.0 21.1 Idaho Secretary of State, "2010 Campaign Finance Manual" (dead link)(See Page 13)
  22. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6608(a), Idaho Code)
  23. Idaho Legislature, "Idaho Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 67-6609, Idaho Code)