CAMPAIGN FINANCE (CF) REPORTING


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Links

Visit Michigan's Campaign Finance disclosure page for complete more information
- Common campaign finance filing dates and deadlines
- Campaign finance complaint form (file with State) 


Candidate Committee

1.  Read the State's Candidate Committee Training Guide

2.  Determine your Filing Official (where to file statements/reports)

  • St. Clair County Clerk's office:  County, city, township, village, school boards, college trustee offices
  • All other candidates file with the State Bureau of Elections.
  • Precinct Delegate candidates do not file campaign finance reports

3.  File your Statement of Organization - due within 20 days after meeting the definition of a candidate (MCL 169.203)

4.  Link to Candidate Committee information (State manuals, forms, filing dates/deadlines, etc.)

5.  YES Reporting Waiver Committees (plan to receive/spend less than $1,000) - basic info

  • Committee is exempt from filing statements if under $1,000.  All other CF provisions apply.
  • ALL committees, however, must comply with Late contribution reporting requirements

6.  NO Reporting Waiver Committees (plan to receive/spend OVER $1,000) - basic info

  • Know your common filing statement (see above link)
  • Review 2020/2021 Filing Guide
  • Complete/File Candidate Committee forms.  Generally speaking:
    • Candidates SEEKING office this year:  Must file PRE and POST-Election statements and an Annual statement.  Annual statement is not required if a post-election statement was filed in December.  Must also comply with Late contribution reporting requirements.
    • Committees in off-years must file a July, October and Annual Statement.
  • If elected, must file a Compliance Affidavit with Filing Official

7.  Dissolving YES and NO Reporting Candidate Committees - Must have a $0 balance (see Appendix W for disposition of unexpended funds).  All debts must be paid or forgiven.  Committee must have no outstanding filings or fees owing.

  • YES Reporting Waiver Committees:  Dissolution form (YES committees only)
  • NO Reporting Waiver Committees:  Start  with the cover page and also complete the other necessary reporting pages.

Ballot Committees

1.  Read the State's Ballot Question Committee Training Guide 

2.  Link to Ballot Question Committees (State manuals, forms, file dates and deadlines, etc.)

3.  Dissolving Committee - Must have a $0 balance .  All debts must be paid or forgiven.  Committee must have no outstanding filings or fees owing.  Start with the Ballot Committees cover page and complete the other necessary reporting pages.


Independent and Political Committees

1.  Read the State's Independent and Political Committees Training Guide

2.  Link to Independent/Political Committees (State manuals, forms, filing dates and deadlines, etc.)

3.  Dissolving Committee - Must have a $0 balance.  All debts must be paid or forgiven.  Committee must have no outstanding filings or fees owing.  Start with the Independent/Political Committees cover page and complete the other necessary reporting pages.


Unregistered Groups and Individuals

1.  Campaign Finance rules for individuals who want to participate in Michigan elections.

2.  Read about how to report expenditures by over $100 in a calendar year by individuals, groups or organizations (see page 2, first)