Campaign Finance

Statutory changes have gone into effect that have caused the campaign finance forms to be revised. Please review any documents in their entirety before formally submitting to the Coconino County Elections Department. It is recommended that each committee review the updated campaign finance law in the Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 16, Chapter 6 (A.R.S. §§ 16-901--16-938).

What do I need to know about campaign finance?

  • I do not intend to spend more than $1,400 during the campaign

    • Campaign finance reporting is required if a candidate raises or spends, in any combination, more than $1,400. 
    • For example, if you raised $700 (or used $700 of your own monies) for your campaign and spent that $700 on yard signs, your fundraising and spending totals $1,400. 
    • A Statement of Organization must be filed within 10 days of surpassing $1,400, and you are required to report all contributions and expenses leading up to the $1,400 threshold.
  • I expect to spend more than $1,400

    • A Statement of Organization must be filed upon reaching the $1,400 threshold. Filing a Statement of Organization does trigger the requirement to file campaign finance reports during each reporting period.
    • However, you may file it before qualifying as a committee.
  • I still have an open committee from a previous candidacy

    • A candidate may have only one candidate committee in existence for the same office during the same election cycle [A.R.S. § 16-906(F)]. If you have a candidate committee from a previous election for the same office, you can continue to use that committee for the current election.
  • I don't know what to name my committee

    • A candidate committee must include the candidate's name and office sought [A.R.S. § 16-906(B)(1)(a)].
  • I have had changes in my committee

    • You, or your committee, have 10 days to file an amended Statement of Organization.
  • How do I terminate my campaign committee

    • Filing a Termination Statement will close an active political committee. It must be filed with a campaign finance report showing a balance of zero. Prior to filing, any outstanding campaign finance reports must be filed, and any applicable late fees must be paid.

Campaign Committee formation and finance reporting can be extremely complex and challenging. Please read and follow the Arizona Secretary of State’s handbook and applicable Arizona election statutes. Do not rely upon only this website or any oral instructions given by this office. If the instructions and statutes are confusing, we recommend you seek counsel.

Additional campaign finance information from the Arizona Secretary of State

Campaign finance laws are complex and highly technical. For a legal interpretation of campaign finance law, and to assure compliance with state law, we encourage you to consult with an attorney. The Coconino County Elections Department is not in a position to provide legal assistance or support on campaign finance law for candidates. The information on this web site is a service to the public. We have tried to ensure that the information contained in this electronic document is accurate. The Coconino County Elections Department or any division, officer, or employee of the office makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content on this site or on other sites to which we link. Assessing accuracy and reliability of information is the responsibility of the user. The Coconino County Elections Department shall not be responsible or liable for any loss, consequence, or damage resulting directly or indirectly from reliance on the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of the information contained herein.