Campaign Finance Filing Requirements

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City Commissioners & PA Department of State

State Candidates - File original hard-copy reports with the Pennsylvania Department of State at 210 North Office Building Harrisburg, PA and a copy of each report with the Philadelphia County Board of Elections in City Hall Room 142. There may be additional electronic filing requirements with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics through the Department of Records. Please see the Board of Ethics section below for more information.

Municipal Candidates - File original hard-copy reports with the Philadelphia County Board of Elections in City Hall Room 142. There are additional electronic filing requirements with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics through the Department of Records that are listed below. Additionally a hard-copy Affidavit must be filed with the Department of Records in City Hall Room 156. Please see the Board of Ethics section below for more information.

If you have any further questions about campaign finance reporting requirements, you may contact our department’s Campaign Finance Specialist, Tim Dowling, by visiting room 142 City Hall, calling 215-686-3943, or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Board of Ethics

Philadelphia has a municipal campaign finance law which supplements the PA Election Code with additional requirements regarding elections to City office (Mayor, City Council, District Attorney, Controller, City Commissioners, and Sheriff). The Board of Ethics administers and enforces the City’s campaign finance law.
Most notably, Philadelphia’s campaign finance law limits campaign contributions to City candidates, sets rules for how City candidates use political committees, and requires electronic filing of campaign finance reports in the following cases:

  • Candidates - Candidates for Philadelphia City elective office and the authorized political committees of such candidates must file electronically with the Board copies of any and all campaign finance reports or statements they file with the City Commissioners.
     
  • Political Committees - Any political committee that files a campaign finance report or independent expenditure report with either the City Commissioners or Department of State must file electronically a copy of that report with the Board, if the report discloses expenditures made to influence a Philadelphia City election, which includes contributions to candidates for Philadelphia City elective office.
     
  • Former Candidates - The authorized political committees of former candidates for Philadelphia City elective office must file electronically with the Board copies of any and all campaign finance reports they file with the City Commissioners or Department of State if those reports disclose any contributions received or expenditures made to retire campaign debt or defray the cost of transition or inauguration.
     
  • Other Persons - Any person who files an independent expenditure report with either the City Commissioners or Department of State must file electronically a copy of that report with the Board, if the report discloses expenditures made to influence a Philadelphia City election.

This information was provided by the Board of Ethics. For more information about Philadelphia’s campaign finance law or the Ethics Board, please visit the Board’s website.

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Downloadable Forms

Campaign Finance Report
This form is intended for the use of candidates, political committees and contributing lobbyists that are required to disclose contributions and expenditures.

Campaign Finance Statement
You may file this statement in lieu of a full report when the amount of contributions (including in-kind contributions) received, the amount of money expended, and the liablilities incurred each did not exceed $250.00 during the reporting period.

Political Committee Registration Statement
Use this form to register a new political committee. You may also use it to amend the original registration when the committee appoints a new chairperson or treasurer, or changes any other required information.

Authorization for a Political Committee to Receive Funds on Behalf of a Candidate
The Pennsylvania Election Code provides that no treasurer of a political committee shall receive any money on behalf of a candidate until such political committee has been authorized in writing by the candidate on a form designed by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.