Campaign Finance Reporting

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 Campaign Finance Reporting 

Campaign Finance Quick Guide 2024

All campaign materials (signs, flyer, mailings, TV ads, etc.) require a disclosure (paid for by) statement.  For example: "Paid for by {candidate's name}."

67-6614A.  PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION OF POLITICAL STATEMENTS. Whenever any person makes an expenditure for the purpose of financing communications expressly advocating the election, approval or defeat of a candidate, measure or person standing for election to the position of precinct committeeman through any broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine, outdoor advertising facility, direct mailing or any other type of general public political advertising, the person responsible for such communication shall be clearly indicated on such communication.


REMINDER: YOUR MONTHLY AND/OR ANNUAL REPORT(S) ARE ALWAYS DUE THE 10TH DAY OF THE MONTH 

Link to the Campaign Finance Portal

Campaign Finance Quick Guide

Campaign Finance Disclosure Manual 2024 



  • Monthly reports are due for candidates once they have reached the $500 threshold in contributions or expenses if it is their active election year.  Once you have reach that $500 threshold, file your first $500 report right away—do not wait until the 10th.  The monthly report will still need to be submitted for the same month you filed your first $500 report. The annual report will also need to be submitted by January 10th.  
  •  If a candidate NEVER reaches the $500 threshold, there are no reports (including the annual report) that have to be submitted
  • If a candidate reaches the $500 threshold in contributions or expenses in their non-active election year, they will still need to submit the first $500 report. They then will ONLY have to submit the annual report due on January 10th; no monthly reports will be due.
  • If it is a candidate’s non-active election year and they have previously reached the $500 threshold, they will only need to file the annual report due by January 10th.  
  • NOTE: $1000 contributions must still be reported within 48 hours, even if it is not a candidates/office holder’s election year. 
  • PACs will be required to file monthly reports if they have any intention of being active for a candidate and/or measure in that particular election year.  If a PAC is not active in that election year cycle, they will only be required to file their annual report.
  • NOTE: $1000 PAC contributions must still be reported within 48 hours, even if a PAC does not plan to be active that election year.
  • Precinct Committeemen do not need to file a C-1 or file monthly campaign finance reports.
  • A Candidate/PAC’s account has to have $0 cash balance and $0 outstanding debt to be terminated.  A report cannot be terminated unless these two requirements are met—reports will continue to be due. Please call our office (208-446-1030) to terminate your account; otherwise, reports will continue to be due.

    Independent Expenditure Report and Electioneering Communication Report
  • Candidates and PACS, please file Independent Expenditure and Electioneering Communication reports through your already created campaign finance account (link to portal).  

Independent Expenditure Report

Who should file this report?

 File an Independent Expenditure Report HERE.

  • This report should be filed according to filling requirements in I.C. 67-6611.
67-6611.  INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES. (1) Each person who makes independent expenditures in an aggregate amount exceeding one hundred dollars ($100) in support of or in opposition to any one (1) candidate, political committee, or measure shall file a statement of the expenditure with the secretary of state.
(2)  Statements shall be filed with the secretary of state, not less than seven (7) days prior to the primary and general election and thirty (30) days after the primary and general election.
(3)  The statement shall contain the following information:
(a)  The name and address of any person to whom an expenditure in excess of fifty dollars ($50.00) has been made by any such person in support of or in opposition to any such candidate or measure during the reporting period, together with the amount, date, and purpose of each such expenditure, including the identity of the candidate or measure, and whether the expenditure was made either in support of or in opposition to such candidate or measure; and
(b)  The total sum of all expenditures made in support of or in opposition to any such candidate or measure.
(4)  In addition to the requirements set forth in subsections (1) and (2) of this section, each person who makes independent expenditures in an aggregate amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more after the sixteenth day before, but more than forty-eight (48) hours before, any primary or general election shall file a written statement of the expenditure with the secretary of state not more than forty-eight (48) hours from the time of such expenditure. The statement shall include the information required in subsection (3) of this section.


Additional information regarding the definition of Independent Expenditures can be found in I.C. 67-6602(11).

11) "Independent expenditure" means any expenditure by a person for a communication expressly advocating the election, passage or defeat of a clearly identified candidate or measure that is not made with the cooperation or with the prior consent of, or in consultation with, or at the consent of, or in consultation with, or at the request of a suggestion of, a candidate or any agent or authorized committee of the candidate or political committee supporting or opposing a measure. As used in this subsection, "expressly advocating" means any communication containing a message advocating election, passage or defeat including, but not limited to, the name of the candidate or measure, or expression such as "vote for," "elect," "support," "cast your ballot for," "vote against," "defeat" or "reject."

Electioneering Communication Report

 File an Electioneering Communication Report HERE. 

Who should file this report?

This report should be filed according to filling requirements in I.C. 67-6628. 

67-6628.  ELECTIONEERING COMMUNICATIONS — STATEMENTS. (1)   Any person who conducts or transmits any electioneering communication shall be required to file a statement on a form provided by the secretary of state. Contents of the statement shall include the amount spent on such communications, the name and address of the person, and the names and addresses of any persons who contribute fifty dollars ($50.00) or more to any person described in this section.
(2)  Any person that incurs costs in excess of one hundred dollars ($100) when making an electioneering communication shall file a statement in accordance with the time limits established by section 67-6611(2), Idaho Code.
(3)  In addition to the requirements of subsection (2) of this section, any person that incurs costs of one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more when making an electioneering communication shall file a statement as provided in subsection (1) of this section within forty-eight (48) hours of incurring the costs for such communication.

Additional information regarding the definition of electioneering expenditures can be found in I.C. 67-6602(7). 


(7) (a)  "Electioneering communication" means any communication broadcast by television or radio, printed in a newspaper or on a billboard, directly mailed or delivered by hand to personal residences, or telephone calls made to personal residences, or otherwise distributed that:
(i)   Unambiguously refers to any candidate; and
(ii)  Is broadcasted, printed, mailed, delivered, made or distributed within thirty (30) days before a primary election or sixty (60) days before a general election; and
(iii) Is broadcasted to, printed in a newspaper, distributed to, mailed to or delivered by hand to, telephone calls made to, or otherwise distributed to an audience that includes members of the electorate for such public office.
(b)  "Electioneering communication" does not include:
(i)   Any news articles, editorial endorsements, opinion or commentary, writings, or letter to the editor printed in a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical not owned or controlled by a candidate, political committee, or political party;
(ii)  Any editorial endorsements or opinions aired by a broadcast facility not owned or controlled by a candidate, political committee, or political party;
(iii) Any communication by persons made in the regular course and scope of their business or any communication made by a membership organization solely to members of such organization and their families;
(iv)  Any communication that refers to any candidate only as part of the popular name of a bill or statute;
(v)   A communication that constitutes an expenditure or an independent expenditure under this chapter.

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