Filing a Campaign Finance Report
All General-Purpose PACs, all Specific-Purpose PACs that support or oppose any candidate/officeholder who files with the Ethics Commission or that support or oppose a measure submitted to the voters of the entire state or that were created to support or oppose a measure on the issuance of bonds by a school district, all Direct Campaign Expenditure Only Committees (aka Super PACs), and all candidates/officeholders reporting use of unexpended contributions as a committees must file with the Ethics Commission. You must select a filer type of either GPAC, MPAC, SPAC, JSPC, SCPC, or ASIF-SPAC.
Note: A political committee that intends to act exclusively as a Direct Campaign Expenditure Only Committee must file with the Ethics Commission a Statement to Act as Direct Campaign Expenditure Only Committee affidavit before accepting a political contribution from a corporation or labor organization. These committees are commonly referred to as “Super PACs”.
If you don't know if you have a Filer ID, see Filer ID below.
If you can't login to your account because you forgot your password, you can click Forgot Password? at the login screen to reset your password. For more information, see Forgot Password below.
If you already have a Filer ID and will be filing electronically, use the LOGIN below to access your account. If you are not sure if you file electronically, see Who Has to File Electronically? below.
If you qualify to file paper reports, remember EACH REPORT must be accompanied by the proper exemption affidavit. Speaker reports can only be filed electronically.
If you are a new filer and are unsure whether you file with TEC or a local filing authority, see "Filing as TEC or Local Filer?". All TEC filers will be assigned an 8 digit Filer ID number, sometimes called an account number, like 00049300. The only exception to this rule are Governor For A Day and Speaker Day Reunion filers which do not have filer id's and file on paper only.
If you are a TEC filer and do not have a filer id, you will most likely need to file a Treasurer Appointment form in order to be assigned a number. Exception filers that do not file a TA in order to be assigned a filer id:
- DCE filers that are organized as a PAC commonly refered to as Super PAC will need to file a Statement to Act as Direct Campaign Expenditure Only Committee affidavit.
- LEG filers will need to send a letter to the commission indicating that they are being created. See the Guidelines for Forming Legislative Caucus.
- SPK filers will need to send a Declaration of Speaker Candidacy to the commission even though they will use the same filer id as they use for their candidate/officeholder account.
- Lobbyists will need to file Filer ID Request/Name Change form.
- Appointees will need to have a letter sent by their appointer (usually the governor or an executive head).
If you are a new TEC filer and do not qualify to file on paper, you must also submit a Form SECURITY to gain access to the Commission’s electronic filing application.
The filing application can be started by using a personal computer or laptop, a Mac desktop computer or MacBook, or a Tablet to bring up a browser window. Acceptable browsers and their minimal version level are:
- Chrome 4
- Firefox 15
- Opera 12.1
- Safari 4
- Internet Explorer 9 (IE is no longer supported by Microsoft and is not recommended)
If you are unsure which type of political committee your group is, or whether you are a political committee, please refer to our Political Committee Guide
All general-purpose committees (GPACs) are required to file with the Ethics Commission. A general-purpose committee that elects to file monthly reports is a MPAC.
Specific-purpose committees (SPACs) that support or oppose candidates or officeholder who file with the Ethics Commission are also required to file with the Ethics Commission. A specific-purpose committee for supporting or opposing judicial candidates or officeholders is a JSPAC. SPACs that support or oppose a measure that is voted on statewide are required to file with the Ethics Commission. SPACs that support or oppose school bond measures are required to file the campaign treasurer appointment locally and campaign finance reports with the Ethics Commission.
A political committee that supports or opposes a candidate for state chair of a political party with a nominee on the ballot in the most recent gubernatorial election, or a candidate for county chair of a political party with a nominee on the ballot in the most recent gubernatorial general election and in a county with a population of 350,000 or more file with the Ethics Commission (SCPC).
A political committee that intends to act exclusively as a Direct Campaign Expenditure Only Committee (DCE Only Committee) must file with the Ethics Commission a Statement to Act as Direct Campaign Expenditure Only Committee affidavit before accepting a political contribution from a corporation or labor organization. These committees are commonly referred to as “Super PACs.” These committees can be either General-Purpose or Specific-Purpose, but they do not make political contributions directly to candidates, officeholders, or other committees that directly support or oppose candidates or officeholders.
Former candidates and officeholders who use leftover contributions to contribute to other candidates or committees that file with the Ethics Commission are required to file a report with the Ethics Commission as if they were treasurer of a specific-purpose committee (AS IF-SPAC).
- Campaign Finance Guide for Political Committees
- Campaign Finance Guide for Judicial Candidates and Officerholders
(used by JSPACs that support/oppose/assist certain judicial officeholders)
- Political Advertising: What You Need To Know
- Legislative Advertising: What You Need to Know To Insure Compliance With The Law
- Rules for Posting Campaign Signs: Information from TxDOT on the rules for posting campaign signs