Question
Do I have to file disclosure reports?
Answer

One of two things determines what a candidate discloses. For most candidates, it's the number of registered voters in the jurisdiction where the candidate runs for office. How much money a candidate raises or expects to raise determines what reports are filed by someone running for office in a very small jurisdiction (less than 5,000 registered voters).

File a Personal Financial Affairs Statement and campaign disclosure reports if you are:

  • a state office candidate
  • a county office candidate (or political subdivision that encompasses an entire county)
  • a local or judicial office candidate in a jurisdiction with 5,000 or more registered voters
  • a candidate who raises or expects to raise $5,000 or more in the aggregate regardless of the number of registered voters (this includes the candidate's own money)

File just a Personal Financial Affairs Statement if you are:

  • a candidate for local or judicial office in a jurisdiction with 2,000 or more but less than 5,000 registered voters and you do not raise or expect to raise $5,000 or more

A candidate seeking election to an office in a jurisdiction with less than 2,000 registered voters who does not raise or expect to raise $5,000 or more does not file any reports with the Public Disclosure Commission.

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