Starting a Political Committee
Checklist for Starting a Political Committee
- Determine whether you are a group of persons that has as a principal purpose accepting political contributions or making political expenditures. If you are such a group, you are a political committee, and the committee must comply with all restrictions and reporting requirements.
- File a campaign treasurer appointment with the appropriate filing authority (TEC, county clerk, or secretary of the governing body of the political subdivision). If filing with the TEC:
- Email, fax, mail, or hand-deliver a campaign treasurer appointment to the TEC to obtain your Filer I.D. Number.
- Email, fax, mail, or hand-deliver a Form Security to the TEC to obtain access to the filing application.
- Do not accept political contributions totaling more than $500 or make or authorize political expenditures totaling more than $500 at a time when a campaign treasurer appointment for the committee is not in effect.
- Check the filing deadlines and timely file all required campaign finance reports, which may include:
- Monthly reports;
- Semiannual reports due on January 15 of each year;
- Semiannual reports due on July 15 of each year;
- 30-day pre-election reports;
- 8-day pre-election reports;
- Runoff reports;
- Daily reports; and
- Special Session reports.
- Continue filing reports until the campaign treasurer files a dissolution report. (See Checklist for Dissolving a Political Committee.)
Dissolving a Political Committee
Checklist for Dissolving a Political Committee
- Determine whether the political committee will have any further reportable activity.
- If the committee expects no additional reportable activity, the committee may designate the report covering the last reporting period it needs to file as a dissolution Report. The dissolution report:
- Relieves the committee’s campaign treasurer of the duty to file additional reports; and
- Terminates the committee’s campaign treasurer appointment.