Please Note: Electioneering communications report must be electronically filed within 24 hours of, or on the first working day after, the date the ad was first published, mailed, or otherwise presented to the public.

Independent expenditure  Ads costing $1,000 or more and presented to the public within 21 days of an election, must be reported in an electronic, fax or paper format to PDC within 24 hours of, or on the first working day after, the date the advertisement was first published, mailed, or otherwise presented to the public.

Are You Required To File A C6 Report?

Advertising Sponsors

A sponsor is a person, union, organization or other entity who makes an expenditure for political advertising. The C6 Report is used by sponsors to report Independent Expenditures, Independent Expenditure Ads, and Electioneering Communications.

Independent Expenditures are important because they are a constitutionally protected form of speech and may not be subject to limit, unlike contributions. Therefore, as long as an expenditure does not constitute a contribution, the person making it is free to spend as much or a little as they desire. Although there are no limits on the amounts spent on independent expenditures, they may still be reportable to the Public Disclosure Commission based on expenditure amount and timing .

REPORTING RESPONSIBILTY
All reports must be certified as correct by the sponsor paying for the advertisement and filed in a timely manner.
If the sponsor is an individual using his own funds, the individual must certify the report.

If the sponsor is a political committee, the committee treasurer must certify the report.

If the sponsor is an entity, the individual responsible for authorizing the expenditure on the entity's behalf must certify the report. For assistance call toll free at:.

For assistance call toll free at:
1-877-601-2828.



 

Did you, your business, union, organization or other person make political advertising expenditures  totaling $100 or more?  
 
 NO > STOP - Don't File C6
 YES 
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Were they paid for by someone other than a candidate, a candidate's committee, or agent? 
 
  NO > STOP - Don't File C6
 YES 
v

The sponsor did not receive the candidate's encouragement or approval to do the ad?
  
 NO > STOP - Don't File C6
 YES 
v

Did the sponsor do the advertising completely independent of any candidate or a candidate's committee or agent? 
 
 NO >
STOP - Don't File C6
 

 YES 
v
Did the political advertisement clearly identify at least one candidate for state, local, or judicial office?   NO > Did the ad support or oppose a candidate or ballot measure?   NO >
STOP - Don't File C6
 
   
 YES > STOP - This is an
Independent Expenditure
File a C6 report according to the schedule below
 YES 
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The ad appeared within 60 days of an election in the candidate's jurisdiction?
 
 NO > Did the ad support or oppose a candidate or ballot measure?   NO >
STOP - Don't File C6
 
   
 YES > STOP - This is an
Independent Expenditure
File a C6 report according to the schedule below
 YES 
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Either alone, or in combination with other communications by the sponsor identifying the candidate, the ad has a fair market value of $1,000** or more?
 
 NO > Did the ad support or oppose a candidate or ballot measure?  NO >
STOP - Don't File C6
 
   
 YES > STOP - This is an
Independent Expenditure
File a C6 report according to the schedule below
 YES 
v
The ad appears through one or more of the following media - radio, television, postal mailing, billboard, newspaper, or periodical?  NO > Did the ad support or oppose a candidate or ballot measure?  NO >
STOP - Don't File C6
 
 
 YES > STOP - This is an
Independent Expenditure
File a C6 report according to the schedule below
 YES 
v
The ad does not communicate information relating to just ballot measures?
 NO > Did the ad support or oppose a ballot measure?  NO >
STOP - Don't File C6
 
 
 YES > STOP - This is an
Independent Expenditure
File a C6 report according to the schedule below
 YES 
v
C6 Reporting Schedule for
Independent Expenditures
For advertisements with a fair market value of $1000 or more and appearing within 21 days of an election.
Reporting Deadline: C6 must be delivered in electronic, fax or paper format to PDC within 24 hours of, or on the first working day after, the date the advertisement was first published, mailed, or otherwise presented to the public.
For independent expenditures totaling $100 or more in the aggregate. Reporting Deadline: within 5 days of making the expenditure. 

                               ALSO

Any business, union, association, organization or other entity -- except a lobbyist employer that files an L-3 report or a political committee that files C-4 reports -- making independent expenditures during a calendar year that total over $950 supporting or opposing state office candidates or statewide ballot measures must file a C7 Report (PDF).





 







STOP
This is an Electioneering Communication

File a C6 report electronically within 24 hours of, or on the first working day after, the date the ad was first published, mailed, or otherwise presented to the public.

ALSO

Any business, union, association, organization or other entity -- except a lobbyist employer that files an L-3 report or a political committee that files C-4 reports -- making independent expenditures during a calendar year that total over $950 supporting or opposing state office candidates or statewide ballot measures must file a C7 Report (PDF). 

** Required if the $1,000 or more reporting threshold is reached by aggregating the fair market value of multiple political ads,  report the triggering ad as well as each of the earlier ads whose fair market value is included in the aggregate.