When to Register
A political committee that organizes within the last three weeks before an election must file the committee registration statement (C-1pc) within three business days of organizing or of when it first has the expectation of receiving contributions or making expenditures in the election campaign.
All other political committees must file the C-1pc within two weeks of organizing or first expecting to receive or spend funds.
Completing the C-1pc Statement
Give the committee’s complete, official name. Sponsored committees must incorporate the sponsor’s name in the committee’s name. See 5. Do not use abbreviations in the committee’s name.
Include any acronym in the space provided (for example, “HALT” for Homeowners Against Lofty Taxes).
Show the committee’s full mailing address, including the nine-digit zip, if known. At a minimum, give the first five digits of the zip code. Also provide telephone, facsimile and e-mail address.
Indicate whether this is a new or amended registration and whether your group is a continuing committee or organized for one specified election.
- Identify the purpose/description of your committee. Single election year committees indicate if whether the purpose is to support or oppose candidates and/or political parties. Committee types explained.
- Give the name, address and relationship of any other committee with which your committee is affiliated either structurally, for joint fund raising purposes, or because the committee meet one of the factor tests.
- Choose a reporting option after carefully noting the limitations that apply to mini reporting. Do not choose mini reporting unless the committee intends to stay within their monetary limits during the entire calendar year. Ballot measure committees must stay within the monetary limits during the entire campaign.
- Identify the Campaign Manager’s or Media Contract’s name, address and daytime telephone number.
- Identify the committee treasurer’s name, address and daytime telephone number. This is the person who is ultimately responsible for receiving contributions, making expenditures, keeping accurate, detailed records, and filing timely and accurate disclosure reports.
- List the name, address and title of any person who performs only ministerial functions for the committee and another candidate or political committee. Ministerial functions are activities carried out as part of the duties of an administrative office without exercise of personal judgment or discretion. Typically, persons performing ministerial functions may, under the supervision of a candidate or committee officer, file PDC reports, make deposits, pay bills, and maintain campaign finance records.
- List the name, address and title of the committee’s chairperson, vice-chair, manager, coordinator and other key people. There is no legal requirement specifying what officers your committee must have, other than a treasurer.
- Name the financial institution where the political committee’s bank account is maintained, along with the branch office location (if applicable) and city.
- During the eight days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before each primary, general or special election in which your committee is spending money, campaign books of account must be open for public inspection by appointment. Supply the street address and city where these books may be examined and how the campaign may be contacted for appointments.
- Eligibility to give to another political committee and state office candidates. Absence of a check mark means your committee does NOT qualify to give to another committee or legislative and executive statewide candidates.
- Paper-filed registrations must be signed by the committee treasurer. E-filers will complete a certification process before submitting the registration. It requires that the filer acknowledge the duty to report changes to email addresses within 10 days. A campaign's email address constitutes its official address for purposes of all communications from the commission.
Amending the C-1pc
An amendment is required within ten days of when the information on a C-1pc changes.