QUESTIONS CONCERNING COMMITTEE FILINGS
Contact: Kim Helfrich, Campaign Finance Coordinator 517-543-2478
Q: When am I required to file as a committee?
A: *Once you declare you are running for public office you must file a Statement of Organization with your County Clerk or the State of Michigan.
(Exception – Precinct Delegates and School Board candidates within a school district of 2400 pupils or less DO NOT file)
Q: Where do I file my Statement of Organization?
A: * County, City, Township, Village, and School Board candidates file with the County Clerk.
*School Board candidates file within the county where the largest portion of the school district is located.
*State candidates and Judges file with the State of Michigan.
Q: What is the time limit for filing my Statement of Organization?
A: *Once you declare you're a candidate for public office, you have 10 days to organize your committee plus 10 days to file your Statement of Organization with your filing clerk.
Q: When am I required to file Campaign Finance Itemized Statements?
A: *A candidate for office is exempt from filing campaign statements if he or she does not spend or receive over $1,000.00 within an election. (Must check waiver box #10 on Statement of Organization)
*A candidate automatically loses the waiver,if he or she goes over the $1,000.00.
*If you spend or receive over $1,000.00 or do not check the waiver on your Statement of Organization a Pre-Election Statement must be filed 11 days before the election.
*A Post-Election Statement must be filed within 30 days after the election.
*An Annual Statement must be filed by January 31st. (EXCEPTION- Any candidate filing a Post-Election Statement between Dec. 1st and Jan. 30th is not required to file an Annual Statement).
Q: What forms are needed?
A: Candidate Committee Statement forms and Instructions will include, summary pages and then the itemized contributions and expenditures you have accumulated over the election cycle. In an Election cycle you are required to file a Pre-Election and Post-Election statements.
Q: Are there deadline dates?
A. YES. Every Election year there is a new calendar created by the Bureau of Elections. These will include closing of book dates (money spent or received from time of committees opening to date), then the pre-election dates and the same for after the election takes place.
Q: What is a Ballot Question Committee?
A: *A Ballot Question Committee is a committee that receives contributions or makes expenditures in support of, or in opposition to, the qualification, passage, or defeat of a ballot question.
Q: When is it required to file a Ballot Question Committee?
A: *As soon as a person reaches the $500.00 threshold, it has 10 calendar days to form and register a committee. The form required for filing is the Ballot Question Committee Statement of Organization.
Q: Where is this Ballot Question Committee filed?
A: *You file with the County if the proposal is within one county.
*You file with the State of Michigan if the proposal covers more than one county or is statewide.
Q: When is the Committee required to file Ballot Question Committee Campaign Itemized Statements?
A: *If the waiver box is checked (Item #10) on the State of Organization which states that you will receive or spends less than $1,000.00, campaign statement filings are NOT required.
*If the committee spends over $1,000.00 or does not check the waiver box the committee must file campaign statement forms. The form to file is the Ballot Questions Statements and Instructions Form.
Q: When do I dissolve my committee?
A: *A Candidate Committee and a Ballot Question Committee can only be dissolved if the committee has no assets or debts, a balance of $0.00 and the Candidate Committee is not holding an office. Form for Dissolution of Committee
If you need more forms that are not listed on this page please click the link to Secretary of State.