A candidate who selects the full reporting option must file reports that disclose contributions received, other receipts, expenditures, and debt. All full reporting candidates will be able to file these reports electronically and any candidate who spends or expects to spend $5,000 or more must efile. Candidates must comply with filing deadlines and take care to include all information that must be disclosed for each transaction. These online instructions explain what information must be disclosed for typical campaign activities and record keeping. Report due dates are found on the Forms page, in the PDC's ORCA software, and in the online calendar.
During the last week before the primary election and the last three weeks before the general election, a candidate must deliver the C-3 or a special Last Minute Contribution Report to the PDC within 48 hours of receiving $1,000 or more from a single source.
Reports should be reviewed before they are filed to make sure the dates, amounts, and other information is accurate. During this review, compare the report to the deposit slip or bank statement and make sure that the amounts match. Correct any discrepancies before the report is filed. The PDC understands that mistakes might happen even when great care is taken, or a campaign may decide to refund a contribution. Efilers will correct the original transaction and refile the report. Because the C-4 reports show cumulative totals, any subsequent C-4 reports must be re-filed. Vendor refunds are reported as adjustments. Step-by-step instructions for corrections and refunds are included in the ORCA software's frequently asked questions.