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Important Campaign Finance Filing Information

Pursuant to Section 67-6603, Idaho Code, no contribution shall be received or any expenditure made by or on behalf of a candidate until they appoint a political treasurer. A candidate may appoint himself his own political treasurer.

Pursuant to Section 67-6608(1), Idaho Code, a candidate is exempt from filing reports until such a time as the candidate receives contributions or expends funds in the amount of $500 or more.

** Any candidate that reaches the $500 threshold must create a Campaign Finance account through the Secretary of State Campaign Finance Portal.

With the 2020 campaign finance law changes, officeholders and candidates will now need to file their C-1 and campaign finance reports on the Secretary of State’s website portal**. If this is an election year for a candidate, monthly financial reports are due on the 10th of every month of that election year. Here is the link to sign up.

June 30, 2020 Secretary of State Directive 2020-03: Campaign Finance Portal C1 Filings for County, City, and Local District Offices Sought

2020 Annual Reports are due January 10, 2021 
A candidate/PAC that had a zero balance at the end of 2019 need not create an account. A candidate or PAC that had an ending balance in 2019 must create an account in Tenex and account for the cash and debt in their account until such a time that their balance is zero. (In some cases they may instead need to amend their 2019 report and end in a zero balance for cash and debt and check the ‘terminate’ box.)      

Click here for the 2020 Sunshine Manual and the 2020 Campaign Disclosure Manual from the Secretary of State’s office.