Campaign finance requirements for Illinois ballot measures

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Campaign finance requirements for Illinois ballot measures are promulgated by the Illinois State Board of Elections. The Board of Elections is the agency that is responsible for enforcing all campaign finance laws in the State of Illinois. The Board has a disclosure database that lists all campaign finance reports from groups in support or opposition of a ballot measure.

If someone believes a group or an individual violated campaign finance laws in the State of Illinois, the first step is to file a complaint with the State Board of Elections. It is up to the Board to determine if a violation happened through a probable cause hearing. If the Board finds someone guilty with an offense, in most cases a monetary fine is imposed through civil court action. Also, the Board has the discretion to refer any case at any time to the Illinois Attorney General.

General requirements

Local committee

Under The Illinois Campaign Financing Act a group in support or opposition of a ballot measure at the municipal or county level is considered to be a local committee[1].

State committee

Under The Illinois Campaign Financing Act a group in support or opposition of a ballot measure at the statewide level is considered to be a state committee[2].

Statement of Organization

There are two thresholds on whether a group in support or opposition of a ballot measure should file a Statement of Organization. Candidates, groups or individuals who raise and or spend more than $3,000 in any 12-month period must file a statement of organization with the State Board of Elections[3] [4]. Nonprofit organizations, excluding labor unions, must file a statement of organization if they spend or raise more than $5,000 in any 12-month period[5].

The Statement of Organization must be filed within 10 days of the creation of the committee[6].

Campaign finance requirements

Reporting

Campaign advertising restrictions

Under Illinois law, all groups in support of opposition of a ballot measure at the statewide level must have a disclosure statement as follows for ads soliciting campaign contributions:

“A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.”

For municipal and county-wide ballot measures the following disclaimer must be used:

“A copy of our report filed with the county clerk is (or will be) available for purchase from the county clerk (county clerk’s address), Illinois.”

Terminating a committee

Under Illinois law, if a group in support or opposition of a ballot question dissolves as a political committee or determines that it will no longer receive any campaign contributions or make expenditures are required to file a final report with the State Board of Elections in respect to its contributions and expenditures, including the disbursement of surplus funds.

When a committee dissolves, all contributions in its possession after payment of the committee’s outstanding liabilities and staff salaries, must be refunded to campaign contributors not exceeding the original amount donated. Also, surplus funds can be transferred to other political or charitable organizations consistent with the positions of the committee or the candidates it represented[7].

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