All committees who are required to register a campaign must select either the full or mini reporting option. The choice is guided by the amount of money a committee intends to raise and spend. Regardless of which option outlined below is chosen, all political committees must keep accurate, detailed records and make these records available for public inspection during the eight days preceding the primary, general or special election in which they're participating.
This reporting option is available to continuing political committees who, during a calendar year, will raise and spend no more than $5,000 and who will receive no more than $500 from any one contributor. Political committees that organize for a particular campaign such as supporting or opposing a ballot measure or a slate of candidates and select Mini Reporting will, during the entire campaign, raise and spend no more than $5,000 and will receive no more than $500 from any one contributor.
Political committees selecting the mini reporting option file a registration statement (C-1pc) at the start of the campaign and keep records of the contributions received and expenditures made. In order to continue as a Mini Reporting committee from year to year, a continuing political committee must file a new registration each January.
Political Committees that raise and spend over $5,000 or who wish to receive more than $500 from any contributor must use the full reporting method. Full reporting filers will submit frequent, detailed reports of the contributions they receive (C-3 reports) and the expenditures they make (C-4 reports with various schedules).The C-4 itself is used to summarize the committee’s financial activity.