Reports Due Before the November 6, 2012, General Election
and for Reports Due Before Other Elections Held on This Day

October 9: 30-day campaign finance report must be received by October 9.
October 29: 8-day campaign finance report must be received by October 29.
Beginning October 28: Special Pre-Election reports before general election.

October 9, 2012: The 30-day campaign finance report must be received by October 9. It is required to be filed by all opposed candidates who did not select modified reporting when filing their campaign treasurer appointment. It must be filed even if there was no activity during the reporting period. 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 October 9. The first day covered by the report is July 1, or the date your campaign treasurer appointment was filed, or on the day after the date the last report ended, as applicable. The last day covered by the report is September 27.

October 29, 2012: The 8-day campaign finance report must be received by October 29. It is required to be filed by all opposed candidates who did not select modified reporting when filing their campaign treasurer appointment. It must be filed even if there was no activity during the reporting period. It is also required to be filed by political committees that filed a 30-day campaign finance report or that accepted political contributions or made 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 October 29. The first day covered by the report is September 28. The last day covered by the report is October 27.

Special Pre-election Report(s) Beginning October 28, 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 Opposed Candidates and Specific-Purpose Committees: Special pre-election reports cover the period beginning October 28 and ending at noon on November 5. An opposed 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 the 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 October 28 and ending at noon on November 5. 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. 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

    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.

    Go to www.ethics.state.tx.us/schedule/filing_schedules.htm on our website to the filing schedules that list reporting deadlines for other elections.

    If you have any questions about your filing requirements, please contact the Ethics Commission at 512-463-5800.


    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 of Contributions). Contributions disclosed on a special pre-election report must be disclosed again on the next required 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: September 18, 2012

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