General Information

Campaign Statement Filing Schedule

State and Local Level Candidate Committees registered with the Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections (State Level ) or are registered with a county clerk’s office (Local Level) are required to file:

  • Annual Campaign Statements (See exemptions below)
  • Pre-Election and Post-Election Campaign Statements for elections where the candidate: appears on the ballot; seeks nomination through a party convention or caucus; or seeks office through a write-in campaign
  • Campaign Statements due in July and October in years where the candidate does not seek election
  • 48 Hour/Late Contribution Reports (See Appendix G)

State Level PACs including IEC/Super PACS and Caucus Committees registered with the Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections (State Level ) are required to file:

  • Campaign Statements in January, April, July, and October
  • 48 Hour/Late Contribution Reports (See Appendix G)
  • Special Election Independent Expenditure Reports (See Appendix G)
  • 24 Hour Reports (Caucus Committees Only) (See Appendix G)

Local Level PACs including IEC/Super PACS registered with a county clerk’s office (Local Level) are required to file:

  • Annual Campaign Statements (See exemptions below)
  • Pre-Election and/or Post-Election Campaign Statements for elections where the committee spends money to influence voters
  • 48 Hour/Late Contribution Reports (See Appendix G)

State Level Political Party Committees (Democratic Party, Republican Party and Minor Parties WITH ballot access in Michigan) registered with the Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections (State Level) are required to file:

  • Annual Campaign Statements (See exemptions below)
  • Pre-Election and/or Post-Election Campaign Statements for elections/conventions where the committee spends money to influence voters
  • 48 Hour/Late Contribution Reports (See Appendix G)

State Level Political Party Committees (WITHOUT ballot access in Michigan) registered with the Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections (State Level) are required to file:

  • Campaign Statements in January, April, July, and October
  • 48 Hour/Late Contribution Reports (See Appendix G)

State and Local Level Ballot Question Committees registered with the Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections (State Level ) or are registered with a county clerk’s office (Local Level) are required to file:

  • Annual Campaign Statements (See exemptions below)
  • Campaign Statements in February, April, July of every year and October Quarterly Campaign Statements in odd years only
  • Pre-Election and Post-Election Campaign Statements for elections where the committee spends money to influence voters
  • 48 Hour/Late Contribution Reports (See Appendix G)
  • Petition Proposal Statement once a petition proposal is filed under MCL 168.483a (Michigan Election Law) (State Level Committees Only). This statement is not waived by the Reporting Waiver.

Definition of an Election
An election includes a primary, general, special, millage or recall election held in this state or a convention or caucus of a political party held in this state to nominate a candidate.

A Political Party Convention or Caucus is an election therefore Pre and Post-Election Campaign Statements must be filed for committees that participate in a convention. The dates for conventions during even years are included to the extent that they are known by this office.

Waived Campaign Statements
Committees that maintain a Reporting Waiver are not required to file Annual Campaign Statements, Pre and Post Election Campaign Statements or Quarterly Campaign Statements. Late Contribution Reports, other immediate disclosure reporting and Petition Proposal Campaign Statements are not waived by the Reporting Waiver.

Annual Campaign Statement Exemptions
An Annual Campaign Statement is not required of:

  • A committee that qualifies for and maintains the $1,000.00 Reporting Waiver;
  • A committee that files a Post-Election Campaign Statement during December;
  • A PAC registered on the state level (note the January Quarterly must be filed by state level PACs;
  • An incumbent Judge or Justice; or
  • An officeholder whose salary is less than $100.00 a month and whose committee has had no activity (receipts or expenditures) during the period covered by the Annual Campaign Statement.

Due Dates and Deadlines
All Campaign Statements are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on the due date. Campaign Statements and Late Contribution Reports due dates are calculated based on the requirements set out by the MCFA as outlined below:

Pre and Post-Election Campaign Statements

StatementClose of BooksStatement is Due
Pre-Election16 days before election date11 days before election date
Post-Election20 days following election date30 days following election date
48 Hour/Late Contribution ReportsPeriod begins the day following the close of books of the Pre-Election Campaign Statement and ends the 3rd day before the election48 hours after receipt

Questions?

If you have any questions, contact the Bureau of Elections


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