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. All State-level candidates who reside in Philadelphia must file 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. Please see the Board of Ethics section below for more information. Should you wish to use the Philadelphia Campaign Finance Online Filing system, you may do so while following the parameters discussed in the Municipal Candidates section below.

2020 Campaign Finance Dates and Deadlines

2020 Campaign Finance Filing Instructions

Municipal Candidates - There are electronic filing requirements with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics. Electronic reports can simultaneously be filed with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics and the County Board of Elections through the online filing system. When filing through the online system, you will be responsible for submitting a notarized hard copy of the report cover sheet with the Philadelphia County Board of Elections in City Hall Room 142 no later than ten (10) days after the filing due date. If you have further questions about the 10-day filing period, you may read the below memo.

10-Day Late Memo

The Philadelphia County Board of Elections will also still accept notarized original hard-copy reports in City Hall Room 142 for those seeking to submit them.

If you have any further questions about campaign finance reporting requirements you may contact the County Board of Elections by visiting Room 142, City Hall or by calling (215) 686-3469.

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.

Links

Downloadable Forms

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. 

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.

Late Contributions - 24-Hour Report

  • After the closing of the Cycle 2 reporting period, any contribution of $500.00 or more that is received must be reported within 24 hours, either by fax or email.
  • Any independent expenditure of $500.00 or more after the close of the Cycle 2 reporting period must also be reported within 24 hours.

County Board of Commissions - Fax: (215) 686-3398 - Email: Garrett.Dietz@phila.gov

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 liabilities incurred each did not exceed $250.00 during the reporting period.