Appendix A2

The following provides information on the Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA) concerning State Level committees establishing accounts in Michigan.

Committees include the following:

  • Governor
  • Lt. Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • Attorney General
  • State Senate
  • State Representative
  • State Board of Education
  • University of Michigan Regent
  • Michigan State University Board of Trustees
  • Wayne State University Board of Governors
  • Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeals
  • Circuit Court
  • Probate Court
  • Probate District Court
  • District Court
  • Municipal Court
  • State Level Political or Independent (PAC) Committees, including Super PACS
  • State Level Ballot Question Committees
  • All Political Party Committees include State Central, Congressional District and County committees

New Electronic Filing of the Statement of Organization

In July of 2016, the Bureau of Elections established a mandatory online system for filing of an original or amendment to the Statement of Organization for state level committees. This includes candidate committees, political action committees, ballot question committees and political party committees. See above descriptions for details. The electronic filing requirement does not apply to committees filed on the local level with a county clerk’s office.

This means that the process to verify the official filing of a State Level committee has changed. Prior to this change, the committee received a paper copy of the Statement of Organization with the official date stamp of the Bureau of Elections. This process has been replaced with electronic records and email notifications.

To verify the official filing of a committee the official date stamped copy has been replaced with the electronic display and email notifications from the Bureau of Elections. The committee filing record is promptly displayed on the Bureau of Elections website and each committee receives a series of email notifications from our office. More details and what to look for are available below.

Records on the Internet

Because the committees are submitting the form electronically, the Bureau of Elections is able to approve the filing and post it to the Bureau website promptly. The submissions are reviewed and posted each business day. To access the committee records go to the Michigan Campaign Finance Committee Search page then:

  • Enter information in fields to query the database (Note: Bookmark this page)
  • Select the committee record and
  • Review the record selected to confirm the filing.

In the event that the system is not accessible for any reason and the committee is not able to provide sufficient supporting documentation, (See section below on Alternative/Additional Supporting Documentation) the Bureau of Elections staff is available to confirm the committee filing records over the phone during regular business hours. Contact us at 517–335–3234 and press 1 to be connected to a campaign finance analyst.

Alternative/Additional Supporting Documentation

As an alternative or additional supporting documentation, the committee can be asked to produce the email notifications received from our office at the time of filing the Statement of Organization. A sample email is included below.




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