Campaign Finance Reporting
All candidates must organize a campaign committee within 10 days of spending or recieving money towards a campaign. PACs (political action committees), which support or oppose a candidate or ballot measure, must also submit paperwork organizing their committee.
Campaign reports are filed according to a specific schedule set forth by the North Carolina General Statutes concerning these financial disclosures. The type of reports and the Elections office where reports are filed depends upon the office sought or type of PAC involved. All municipal and county offices file their reports at the County Board of Elections. All offices at the state, judicial or federal levels file their reports with State Board of Elections in Raleigh.
Information on Mandatory Compliance Training may be found on the State Website. (http://www.ncsbe.gov/Campaign-Finance/training)
All candidates and political action committees must document contributions and expenses for the campaign.
- Businesses and Corporations may NOT contribute to a campaign
- Individuals are limited to contributing $5,600 (for 2021-2022) per election per committee (This amount may be changed the beginning of each odd-numered year.)
- Contributions over $50 cannot be in cash
- Detailed documentation of contributors (more information forthcoming)
- Donations of goods or services must be documented as In-Kind Contributions using their fair market value.
- A contribution that is made by the candidate or candidate’s family is subject to the same disclosure as any other contribution received by the candidate.
(The State Board of Elections is required to evaluate the maximum contribution limitation every two years pursuant to NCGS § 163-278.13(b). The maximum contribution limitation as of January 1, 2021 is $5,600 and remains in effect through December 31, 2022.)
Campaign Finance Reporting Forms
Committees that filed over the $1,000 campaign threshold (spending or receiving contributions) must file campaign reports.
Forms must be signed, dated and mailed or hand-delivered to the appropriate elections office (county or state). All municipal and county offices file their reports at the County Board of Elections. All offices at the state, judicial or federal levels file their reports with State Board of Elections in Raleigh.
Blank Reporting Forms are available on the state website
Candidates may close their committee after the election using the Close Committee Form.
Campaign Reporting Calendar
Committees that filed over the $1,000 campaign threshold are required to submit an initial 10-day report and additional quarterly reports.
Current Reporting Schedules The current reporting schedules are availabe on the State Board website
Campaign Finance Reports on File
Campaign Committee Reports filed in Catawba County can be found below (choose the campaign year).
To search reports filed at the state level, search State records here.
Campaign Finance Complaints
Campaign Finance Complaint Form - Use to send complaint about a campaign finance violation to the State Board of Elections
Candidate Challenge - Information on the State Board website concerning challenging a candidate (must be done ten business days after the close of the filing period)