Campaign finance is the requirement for all individuals or entities who establish political committees to report contributions and expenditures under the North Carolina Campaign Reporting Act.
North Carolina residents appointed as treasurers of political committees are required to receive training within three months of appointment and once every four years thereafter. The State Board of Elections provides opportunities to take the mandatory compliance training online, in person at designated times in Raleigh, or at hosted regional trainings held at various locations during the year. The next regional training in New Hanover County will be held in August 2017. To sign up for training, click here and follow the instructions provided. You are also encouraged to take the New Treasurer Course and Software training.
The North Carolina State Board of Elections provides all political committees with the appropriate reporting forms to be used in compliance with the Campaign Finance Report Act. To access all required North Carolina Campaign Reporting Forms click here. The State Board of Elections has also created campaign finance software. To download the campaign finance reporting software, click here.
All candidates for elective office in North Carolina are required to file organizational forms with the appropriate board of elections, within 10 days of one of the following actions, whichever comes first: 1) Receiving contributions or making expenditures for elective office, 2) Filing a Statement of Organization with the local board of elections, or 3) Making a public statement of the intent to run for elective office.
All committees organizing over the $1,000 threshold are required to file campaign finance reports per the reporting schedule. Political Action and Referendum Committees are also subject to campaign finance laws and reporting.
Those planning to run for office should read the candidate committee section of the 2015 Campaign Finance Manual. Committee packets for new candidates are now available online. Click here to access committee packets.
As you begin the process of campaign finance reporting, you may have questions that require simple clarification or a more detailed response. The answers to most procedural questions can be found in documentation and instructions that are accessible by clicking on the following links:
Campaign Finance Manual
Campaign Finance Remote Software Supplemental Assistance Guide
If your questions remain unanswered after referring to the sources above, please contact the Elections Compliance Specialist by completing the brief survey below. You will receive an automatic reply and follow up.