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By Indiana law, candidate committees are required to disclose detailed financial records of campaign contributions and expenditures.

Who must file reports?  

  • Federal Candidates – Candidates for President of the United States, U.S. Representative, and Federal political action committees must file finance reports with the Federal Election Commission. Candidates for the United States Senate file with the Secretary of the U.S. Senate. A copy of federally filed reports involving Indiana candidates or Indiana elections are also filed with the Indiana Election Division. These reports can be found at www.fec.gov.
  • State Candidates – Candidates for statewide and state legislative offices must file finance reports with the Indiana Election Division.
  • Political Action and Regular Party Committees – State and congressional district, political party central committees, and other party or PACs committees that support or oppose state candidates or public questions, or state legislative candidates must file finance reports with the Indiana Election Division.

    Additionally, national political party committees file duplicate copies of the FEC reports with the Indiana Election Division. As with federal candidates, these federal committee reports are not available on this web site. Please visit www.fec.gov for those reports.
What must be disclosed?  

Candidates and committees must report all contributions, loans, expenditures, distributions of more than $100 (and transfers between political committees, regardless of the amount.) They must report the full name and address of each person making the contribution or receiving the expenditure and, for contributions of at least $1,000 per year to the same committee, the occupation.

What types of reports are filed?  

  • CFA-1 Candidate’s Statement of Organization and Designation of Principal Committee or Exploratory Committee. Every candidate for nomination or election to an office, for which the compensation is at least $5000 per year, must have a principal political committee. The candidate must file the CFA-1 form no later than noon ten (10) days after becoming a candidate, or noon seven (7) days after the final day and hour for filing for an elected office, whichever occurs first.
  • CFA-2 Political Action Committee Statement of Organization. All political action committees must file a statement of organization to disclose the committee’s organization and purpose. The political action committee must file the CFA-2 form no later than ten (10) days after the organization of the committee.
  • CFA-3 Regular Party Committee Statement of Organization. Regular party committees must file a statement of organization when organizing a committee to disclose the committee’s organization. The regular party committee must file a CFA-3 form no later than ten (10) days after the organization of the committee.
  • CFA-4 Receipts and Expenditures Report of a Candidate’s Committee. In most cases, all active committees must file three (3) receipt and expenditure reports (pre-primary, pre-election, annual) for every calendar year in which the committee makes a contribution or expenditure to influence an Indiana election. Statewide candidates’ committees must file five (5) receipts and expenditures reports for every calendar year in which a candidate appears on any election ballot for any statewide office or seeks nomination for a statewide office at a state convention and two (2) receipts and expenditure reports for every year in which a candidate for statewide office is not on the ballot.
  • CFA-11 Supplemental "Large Contribution" Report by a Candidate’s Committee ($1,000 Contribution or More). This form is used by the treasurer of a candidate’s committee to report “large contributions” received after a pre-primary or pre-election reporting period. This form consists of a single sheet to report “large contributions” or aggregates of at least $1,000 or more received by a candidate, candidate’s committee, or the treasurer of a candidate’s committee not more than twenty five (25) days before a convention, primary or election and ending 48 hours before a convention, primary, or general election. For statewide candidates, a “large contribution” also means a single contribution that is at least ten thousand dollars ($10,000) that is received at any time. This contribution must be reported to the Election Division not later than noon seven (7) days after it is received by the statewide candidate’s committee.
Are there any limits for state candidates?  

  • Corporations or labor organizations are limited as follows:
    • $5,000~ apportioned in any manner among all statewide candidates (but including a judge of the court appeals whose retention in office is voted on by a district that does not include all of Indiana); NOTE: This subcategory does not apply to state legislative candidates.
    • $5,000~ apportioned in any manner among all state central committees of political parties;
    • $2,000~ apportioned in any manner among all candidates for state senate;
    • $2,000~ apportioned in any manner among all candidates for state house of representatives;
    • $2,000~ apportioned in any manner among all state senate legislative caucuses;
    • $2,000~ apportioned in any manner among all state house of representative legislative caucuses;
    • $2,000~ apportioned in any manner among all candidates for district, county, local and school board offices; and
    • $2,000~ apportioned in any manner among all political party committees other than state central committees.
  • Individuals
    • In general, Indiana law does not limit individual contributions.
    • See the Campaign Finance Manual for restrictions that apply to state employees, foreign nationals, and others.
  • PACs
    • In general, Indiana law does not limit PAC contributions.
The laws governing campaign finance reporting are complex. For more details, please refer to campaign financing law and the Campaign Finance Manual located on the Links page.
 
 
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