Reports Due Before July 31 Primary Runoff Election

1. April 18, 2012: The personal financial statement covering the calendar year ending December 31, 2011, is due no later than April 18. It is required to be filed by most candidates whose names will be on the ballot in the 2012 primary election or who have declared their intention to be a candidate in 2012. An extension of the filing deadline is not available. Click here to get a list of the options available for filing the personal financial statement. Note: Certain local candidates may be required to file personal financial statements with a local filing authority. See Local Government Code Chapter 159.

2. April 30, 2012: The 30-day campaign finance report must be received by April 30. It is required to be filed by all opposed candidates who did not select modified reporting when filing their campaign treasurer appointment. It is also required to be filed by political committees that accept political contributions or make political expenditures and/or have other activity in connection with the election.
The report must be received by the authority with which the report is required to be filed not later than April 30. The first day covered by the report is January 1, or the date your campaign treasurer appointment was filed, or the day after the date the last report ended, as applicable. The last day covered by the report is April 19.

3. May 21, 2012: The 8-day campaign finance report must be received by May 21. It is required to be filed by all opposed candidates who did not select modified reporting when filing their campaign treasurer appointment. It is also required to be filed by all political committees that filed a 30-day campaign finance report or that accepted political contributions or made political expenditures and/or had other activity in connection with the election.
The report must be received by the authority with whom the report is required to be filed not later than May 21. The first day covered by the report is April 20. The last day covered by the report is May 19.

4. Special Pre-election Report(s) Beginning May 20, 2012: A special pre-election report must be filed with the Ethics Commission electronically, or, if exempt from the electronic filing requirements, by telegram or facsimile, or by hand.

  • Period Covered for Candidates and Specific-Purpose Committees: Special pre-election reports cover the period beginning May 20 and ending at noon on May 28. A candidate or specific-purpose committee that accepts political contributions from a person that in the aggregate exceed $1,000 during the reporting period must file a special pre-election report. Therefore, a filer may be required to file more than one special pre-election report. A report must be received not later than the first business day after the date the contribution is accepted that causes the total amount accepted from a contributor during the period to exceed $1,000.

  • Period Covered for General-Purpose Committees: Special pre-election reports cover the period beginning May 20 and ending at noon on May 28. A general-purpose committee must file a special pre-election report if the committee accepts political contributions from a person that in the aggregate exceed $5,000 during the reporting period, or makes direct campaign expenditures supporting or opposing either a single candidate that in the aggregate exceed $1,000 or a group of candidates that in the aggregate exceed $15,000 during the reporting period. Therefore, a committee may be required to file more than one special pre-election report. A special pre-election report must be received by the first business day after the date the contribution is accepted or the expenditure is made.

Click on the appropriate category of filer to determine if you are required to file special pre-election reports and for a list of the information required to be included on the reports:
  • Candidate
  • Specific-Purpose Committee
  • General-Purpose Committee
  • 5. July 16: The semiannual report is due by July 16. It is required to be filed by the following filers:

    • Candidates, officeholders, and political committees (except for political committees filing monthly) are required to file the appropriate report.
    • Legislative caucuses are required to file Form LEG.
    • State chairs and county chairs of political parties that accept or maintain contributions from corporations or labor organizations are required to file Form PTY-CORP.
    • The report is due July 16, 2012, and covers a period beginning on the day after the period covered by the last filed report and continuing through June 30, 2012.

    6. July 23, 2012: If you are involved in the primary runoff election, you may be required to file an 8-day before election campaign finance report. The 8-day campaign finance report must be received by July 23. It is required to be filed by all opposed candidates in the runoff election who did not select modified reporting when filing their campaign treasurer appointment. It may also be required to be filed by all political committees that have activity in connection with the primary runoff election.

    The report must be received by the authority with whom the report is required to be filed not later than July 23. The first day covered by the report is July 1 or the day after the date the last report ended, as applicable. The last day covered by the report is July 21.

    7. Special Pre-Election Report(s) due beginning July 22, 2012: A special pre-election report must be filed with the Ethics Commission electronically, or, if exempt from the electronic filing requirements, by telegram or facsimile, or by hand.

    • Period Covered for Candidates and Specific-Purpose Committees: Special pre-election reports cover the period beginning July 22 and ending at noon on July 30. A candidate or specific-purpose committee that accepts political contributions from a person that in the aggregate exceed $1,000 during the reporting period must file a special pre-election report. Therefore, a filer may be required to file more than one special pre-election report. A report must be received not later than the first business day after the date the contribution is accepted that causes the total amount accepted from a contributor during the period to exceed $1,000.
    • Period Covered for General-Purpose Committees: Special pre-election reports cover the period beginning July 22 and ending at noon on July 30. A general-purpose committee must file a special pre-election report if the committee accepts political contributions from a person that in the aggregate exceed $5,000 during the reporting period, or makes direct campaign expenditures supporting or opposing either a single candidate that in the aggregate exceed $1,000 or a group of candidates that in the aggregate exceed $15,000 during the reporting period. Therefore, a committee may be required to file more than one special pre-election report. A special pre-election report must be received by the first business day after the date the contribution is accepted or the expenditure is made.
    Click on the appropriate category of filer to determine if you are required to file special pre-election reports and for a list of the information required to be included on the reports:

    8. Further Information
    Persons filing campaign finance reports with the Texas Ethics Commission are required to file those reports electronically unless the person falls within the statutory exemption. Please refer to Electronic Filing on our website for further information on electronic filing.
    Candidates, officeholders, and political committees with questions regarding where to file campaign finance reports should refer to our website at www.ethics.state.tx.us/filinginfo/cfpub.htm to review the applicable campaign finance guide.
    If you have any questions about your filing requirements, please contact the Ethics Commission at 512-463-5800.


    Additional Information for Categories 4 and 7 above:

    Candidates: An opposed candidate for a statewide office, a district office filled by voters of more than one county, a judicial district office filled by voters of only one county, State Board of Education, state senator, or state representative, is required to file a special pre-election report if the candidate accepts contributions from a person that total more than $1,000 during the reporting period for special pre-election reports. A special pre-election report that is exempt from the electronic filing requirement may be filed using Form C/OH-T. Contributions disclosed on a special pre-election report must be disclosed again on the next required report.

    Specific-purpose committees: A specific-purpose committee that supports or opposes an opposed candidate for statewide office, a district office filled by voters of more than one county, a judicial district office filled by voters of only one county, State Board of Education, state senator, or state representative, is required to file a special pre-election report if the committee receives one or more contributions from a single source that total more than $1,000 during the reporting period for special pre-election reports. A special pre-election report that is exempt from the electronic filing requirement may be filed using Form PAC-C (Special Pre-Election Report

    General-purpose committees: A general-purpose committee is required to file special pre-election reports if it accepts political contributions from a person that in the aggregate exceed $5,000 during the reporting period. A special pre-election report of contributions that is exempt from the electronic filing requirement may be filed using Form PAC-C (Special Pre-Election Report of Contributions). Also, a general-purpose committee is required to file special pre-election reports if it makes direct campaign expenditures supporting or opposing either a single candidate that in the aggregate exceed $1,000 or a group of candidates that in the aggregate exceed $15,000 during the reporting period. A special pre-election report of direct expenditures that is exempt from the electronic filing requirement may be filed using Form PAC-E (Special Pre-Election Report of Direct Expenditures). Any contributions or expenditures disclosed on a special pre-election report must be disclosed again on the next required report.

    Last Revision: June 8, 2012

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