Complete listing of PDC forms and filing options. *Listed with each of the forms is the main RCW that mandates disclosure. There may be additional statutes and rules (Washington Administrative Code WAC 390) that filers should consult.

C-1 Candidate Registration

Purpose

Discloses office sought, reporting option, committee officers, treasurer's name, contact for public campaign records inspection, and bank used for campaign account. RCW 42.17A.205*

Due Date

Within 2 weeks of becoming a candidate.  (For PDC purposes, an individual may become a candidate well before a formal declaration is filed with elections officials).

Registration statements are required to be filed electronically. You may request a hardship exemption if you are unable to file electronically. Email your request to pdc@pdc.wa.gov.

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C-1pc Political Committee Registration

Purpose

Explains purpose of committee, discloses committee officers, whether committee plans to raise or spend enough money to trigger contribution and expenditure reporting, and the bank where the committee's account is held.  (See Terms for an explanation of different committee types.) RCW 42.17A.205*

Due Date

Within 2 weeks of when the committee is organized or within 2 weeks of when the committee first expects to receive contributions or make expenditures, whichever is earlier.  SPECIAL NOTE:  A political committee organized within the last 3 weeks before an election with the expectation of receiving contributions or making expenditures for that election must register within 3 business days of organizing or first expecting to receive contributions or make expenditures.

Registration statements are required to be filed electronically. You may request a hardship exemption if you are unable to file electronically. Email your request to pdc@pdc.wa.gov.

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Most committees will install and use the PDC's ORCA software to file contribution and expenditure reports. 

C-3 Cash Receipts, Monetary Contributions

Purpose

Reports a bank deposit.  Details reported include contributors' names, addresses, occupations and employers, as well as amounts given.  These schedules are attached when necessary:

Note:  A written loan agreement must be executed for each loan that the committee accepts.  Agreements are kept with the campaign records and not submitted to the PDC, unless requested.  See PDC Interpretation 14-01 for a sample agreement.

RCW 42.17A.235, 240*

Due Date

Bank deposits must be made at least weekly, if contributions are received.  Complete a separate C-3 for each deposit.

For primary and general elections - between June and general election day, file weekly on Mondays.

For special elections - during last 4 months before election, file weekly on Mondays.

Other periods - file on 10th of the month following the month when the deposit is made.

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Electronic filing required if campaign spends, or expects to spend, at least $5,000.  Once a candidate reaches the $5,000 threshold, the candidate must electronically file reports for future campaigns for the same office.

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C-4 Receipts & Expenditure Summary

Purpose

A snapshot of a committee's finances at a given point in time that includes total receipts, total expenditures, cash on hand, and debts.  Also reports total receipts and expenditures for a prescribed reporting period.  Itemized transactions from the reporting period are detailed on these schedules that are filed with the C-4 report, when necessary:

*Electronic filers should correct transactions and file amended reports when mistakes are discovered.

RCW 42.17A.235240*

Due Date

  • 10th of each month to cover preceding calendar month
  • 21 and 7 days before an election in which the campaign participates.
  • 10th of first month after the election in which the campaign participated.

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C-5 Out-of-State Political Committee Report

Purpose

Reports expenditures and contributions exceeding $50 an out-of-state committee makes to influence Washington State elections. RCW 42.17A.250*

Due Date

10th of the month following any month in which a contribution or other expenditure is made.

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C-6 Independent Spending & Electioneering Communications

Purpose

Discloses independent expenditures supporting or opposing candidates or ballot measures.  Also used to disclose electioneering communication expenditures. RCW 42.17A.255, 260, 305*

Due Date

  • Within 24 hours of when the ad is presented to the public, provided independent expenditure appears within 21 days of election and costs at least $1,000.  (Multiple ads about the same candidate or ballot measure with an aggregated cost exceeding $1,000 are reported within 24 hours.), or
  • Within 5 days of spending for all other independent expenditures.
  • Electioneering Communications are disclosed within 24 hours of when the ad is presented to the public.  (See Terms for definition.)

Note:  An ad that meets criteria of both independent expenditure and electioneering communication, must be disclosed as an electioneering communication.

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Report must be electronically filed if reporting electioneering communications.

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C-7 Special Political Expenditures

A business, union, association, organization or other entity that does not employ a lobbyist in Washington State reports:

  • contributions exceeding $20,000 in the aggregate to: state election campaign, counting all contributions given to committees supporting or opposing legislative or statewide executive candidates and to committees supporting or opposing statewide ballot measures; or
  • independent expenditures totaling over $1,000 for political advertising supporting or opposing one or more legislative or statewide office executive candidates and statewide ballot measures.

RCW 42.17A.630*

Due Date

Last day of February in the following year

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LMC Last Minute Contribution Report

Purpose

Discloses contributions of $1,000 or more, in the aggregate, given or received within 7 days of primary election and 21 days of general election. RCW 42.17A.265*

Due Date

  • Contributor reports within 24 hours of giving.
  • Recipient reports within 48 hours of receipt.

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C-1ic Incidental Committee registration

Purpose

Used by a nonprofit organization that is required to register an an incidental committee. Discloses candidates or political committees that are expected to receive the incidental committee's contributions, candidates or ballot measures that the incidental committee plans to support or oppose, related or affiliated committees, and the committee's officers or responsible leaders. RCW 42.17A.207

For filing instructions, see the PDC guide

Due Date

Must register within two weeks after the committee meets both of these triggers: the committee has the expectation of making contributions or expenditures to election campaign(s) totaling at least $25,000 in a calendar year, and has received a payment of $10,000 or more in the same calendar year. 

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C-8 Incidental Committee Payments and Political Expenditures

Purpose

Discloses sources of cumulative payments of $10,000 or more (monetary transfers or dollar value of services provided in kind) to incidental committee during the current calendar year. Also discloses monetary or in-kind contributions to a candidate or political committee. RCW 42.17A.235

For filing instructions, see the PDC guide

Due Date

  • At registration to report the top 10 sources of cumulative payments of $10,000 or more 
  • 10th of each month to cover preceding calendar month, if payment information has changed or the committee has made election expenditures of more than $200 since its last report
  • 21 and 7 days before an election in which the committee participates.
  • 10th of first month after the election in which the committee participated.

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