Here's where you can find updates to filer guidance and timely reminders about how to properly disclose campaign or lobbying activity.


April 1, 2021

You may be wondering whether loans and payments provided through COVID-19 relief programs are reportable in your F-1 Personal Financial Affairs Statement.

The Paycheck Protection Program’s (PPP) unforgiven loans of $2,400 or more, made to you or a family member, should be reported within the debt portion of the F-1. If you are liable for the loan made to a business you own, this would also be Read more

March 15, 2021

The lobbyist application is designed for each user to have their own user account. If you are taking over the filing requirements for your organization, please create your own user account and then request to link to the lobbyist or lobbyist employer that you will be filing for in the application.  

Such linking requests are sent to PDC staff, who will ask you to confirm that you handle L-2 reports (for requests to link to lobbyist records) or L-3 reports (for requests to link to Read more

March 1, 2021

When you start a new campaign as a candidate you may have surplus funds from a past election that you’d like to use for the new campaign.  

If you’re a candidate running for reelection to the same office, you may use funds from the previous election for your next election.  

If you file using ORCA, enter the funds from the previous race into the new campaign by clicking on File at the top, then Committee Information. On the Committee Read more

February 16, 2021

If your committee is organized to support or oppose ballot measures – like a committee that supports or opposes a school, fire, or library levy or bond – we recommend that you register a separate campaign for each election. 

If you register as a single-election committee, you only do one set-up, which will cover multiple years including the year in which your election will take place.

If you register as a continuing committee, you will be required to set up a Read more

February 8, 2021
Trying to file a C-4 report only to find you have no C-4 reporting periods available?
When beginning a new ORCA campaign, some filers forget to populate the necessary C-4 reporting periods. Follow these simple directions to create or add more.
In your new ORCA candidate or committee campaign:
  2. Select the Election your committee will be participating in Read more
February 3, 2021

If you or your organization employed a lobbyist at any time in 2020, you need to file a lobbyist employer’s annual report, the form L-3.  You should also file one if a lobbyist reported that they had a contract to lobby for you in 2020, even if they didn’t actually end up lobbying.  The due date for the L-3 form is March 1, 2021 this year.

File your L-3 report online through our web page  Read more

February 1, 2021

If you file for a continuing political committee, such as a political party committee or some other committee that is not tied to one election, and the committee intends to use the mini reporting option this year, you must update the committee registration to indicate that. Read more

January 21, 2021
This is the time of year when many filers set up new campaigns using ORCA (Online Reporting of Campaign Activity) software.
A continuing political committee, such as a PAC or party committee, needs to make a new ORCA campaign at the start of the calendar year if it chooses the full reporting option. 
One real time saver is to import contacts from an old campaign to your new one. Read more
January 13, 2021

Attention all treasurers: ORCA version 1.300 is now available. This new Read more

January 5, 2021

In the PDC lobbying system, navigate to your lobbyist or lobbyist employer page. You’ll see the names of every employer that you’ve lobbied for. Next to the employer’s name is the word amend

Click on amend. This is where you can change the details of your contract with this employer.  

One section shows the months that you have lobbied, or will lobby, for your employer. There are check boxes for each month. If you try to submit a monthly L- Read more

December 10, 2020

Occasionally, a candidate receives money that is not a contribution. Typical examples are bank interest, vendor refunds, and a reimbursement from another campaign for shared expenses. 

These funds are deposited in the campaign bank account and reported as an "other receipt" on a C-3 report. 

Candidates that share expenses with another campaign would preferably follow the instructions found Read more

December 2, 2020

If you’re a candidate who wants to urge people to vote, your unpaid volunteers can help you with that. They can call or email people and urge them to vote or explain how to register to vote.  

But when you spend your campaign contributions, you must use those funds to encourage people to vote for you – not just to vote in general.  

If you want to encourage a generic get-out-the-vote effort, here’s how:  

December 1, 2020

With the 2021 legislative session just around the corner, you may find you need to create a new contract for a lobbyist employer.  

Start with the File Online link at the top right of the PDC homepage. Choose Lobbyists and Lobbyist Employers (L-1, L-2, and L-3).  

Log in to the lobbyist site with your username and password. Click on your name under Lobbyists I File For. Now choose Read more

November 23, 2020

Wondering what you may do with campaign funds remaining when the election's over?

After you’ve repaid any loans to the campaign, whatever’s left is surplus campaign funds. There are seven ways that you may use that leftover money.

Some of those ways are:

  • Donate to a charity registered with the Secretary of State’s office.
  • Leave the surplus funds in the campaign account for use in a future election campaign.
  • Return contributions to your Read more
November 17, 2020

Updated Jan. 14, 2021

Dealing with COVID-19 means that we do a lot of things differently, including lobbying. You probably won’t invite the whole Legislature to a reception for a while. But what if you send the drinks and snacks to them? Or schedule a Zoom happy hour?