I was a candidate in an election, and I lost. Do I need to file any further reports?

Losing an election does not end your filing responsibilities with the State Ethics Commission.

If your situation meets all of the following criteria, you may file a final report to terminate future filing requirements:

  • You do not currently hold an office
  • You lost the election
  • You have no remaining funds in your campaign account

The final report will cover the period beginning where your last report ended and ending on the day the final report is filed.

If you do not file a final report after the election, you will be required to file reports until you file a final report.

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1. How do I learn more about the requirements of Campaign Finance?
2. I was a candidate in an election, and I lost. Do I need to file any further reports?
3. After I have filed my DOI (Declaration of Intention to Accept Campaign Contributions) do I need to file my PFDS (Personal Financial Disclosure Statement) within 15 days?
4. What are the maximum contribution limits?
5. How may campaign contributions be expended?
6. What is and In-kind contribution?
7. Can campaign contributions be used to pay late fees?
8. When is a Final Report & Termination Statement due for a local filer who submitted an affidavit of exemption?
9. Is a Two Business Day Report (TBD) due if I submitted an affidavit not exceed $2500.00 in contributions and expenditures?
10. Is there a grace period for PFDS (Personal Financial Disclosure Statement)?
11. What is the Affidavit of Exemption?
12. Where is the Affidavit of Exemption filed?
13. Who may file the Affidavit of Exemption?
14. When can the Affidavit of Exemption be filed?
15. When does the affidavit of Exemption expire?
16. What if a candidate or public officer who has filed the Affidavit of Exemption expends more than $2,500 or accepts more than $2,500 in contributions during the election cycle?
17. What if a candidate or public official does not file an Affidavit of Exemption?
18. What is a PFDS (Personal Financial Disclosure Statement)?
19. Who files the PFDS (Personal Financial Disclosure Statement)??
20. Where is the PFDS (Personal Financial Disclosure Statement) filed?
21. When is the PFDS (Personal Financial Disclosure Statement) filed?
22. I am an official appointed to an office that was VACANT. Do I need to file the PFDS (Personal Financial Disclosure Statement)?
23. When does an incumbent file a PFDS (Personal Financial Disclosure Statement) in an election year?
24. What should a filer do if he/she is listed as a delinquent filer and believes that he/she has filed the reports?
25. Is a paid late fee considered an amount that needs to be counted in the $2500 contribution amount?