Reporting Financial Activities During the Campaign
Candidates are responsible for keeping careful records of all contributions received and any expenditures made in support of their run for office.Simply put, any financial activities directed toward influencing an election must be reported.This not only includes the candidate, but committees and private individuals as well.
Opening a Committee
Often a candidate will authorize a committee to accept contributions and make expenditures on his or her behalf.This committee must have a chair and a treasurer. Forms for opening a committee are available at the Election Board office or can be obtained from this website.
Reporting Contributions / Expenses
A campaign finance reporting schedule is mandated by law and due dates are specified as follows:
- Sixth Tuesday Pre-Primary / Election (Statewide Offices only)
- Second Friday Pre-Primary / Election
- Thirty Day Post Primary/Election
- Annual Report
Campaign Finance Instructions
Campaign finance obligations can seem daunting for both new candidates and incumbent officials. Before filing, we highly recommend you review this handy FAQ (linked) via the Pennsylvania Department of State's Resource page.
If receipts and/or expenditures during a specific reporting period exceed $250, a report of these must be filed.If the amount is less than $250, a statement is filed in lieu of a report. Again, the report forms and statement forms are available in the Election Board office or can be obtained from this website.
Please note: During COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Department of State has replaced the notarization requirement for campaign finance with an unsworn declaration. For more details and forms, please visit the PA Department of State website HERE.
SUBMIT COMPLETED REPORTS TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:
US Postal Service Mail:
Montgomery County Court House
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
UPS or FedEx Shipping or Hand Delivery:
One Montgomery Plaza
425 Swede Street
Norristown, PA 19401