October 18, 2019

We’re now in the 21 days before the general election. During these 21 days, campaigns for candidates on the general election ballot may not accept more than $5,000 from any donor, even the candidate (except for the state committee of a major or minor political party, which may give more). Registered political committees may not accept more than that either, except for committees to support or oppose a ballot measure.

If any donor gives $1,000 or more to a candidate or political committee during these 21 days, the recipient must report that within 48 hours of receiving the contribution.  You may report that by filing a C-3 report within 48 hours, or by filing a report of last minute contributions. You may submit a report of last minute contributions online. There’s also a link to the form in ORCA —click on Reports at the top, then Report Last Minute Contributions (LMC).  We accept last minute contribution reports by email too.

Political donors may have to report too. If a political committee, lobbyist, or lobbyist employer donates $1,000 or more total during these 21 days to a candidate on the general election ballot or to a political committee, the contributor should submit a last minute contribution report within 24 hours.

On the electronic form, look out for “Received” and “Made.”  If you got the contribution, click “Received.”  If you gave the contribution, click “Made.”

If you report giving or receiving a contribution with an LMC report, you still have to report the contribution on your regular PDC reporting forms, as you would report a contribution or expenditure during the rest of the year.