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2.16.040 Contribution and Expenditure Requirements for Participating and Certified Candidates.

City Code Section

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 189677 and 190243, effective January 15, 2021.)

A.  Before accepting any allowable, seed money or in-kind contributions governed by this Chapter, a participating candidate must establish a publicly funded campaign account for the candidate for the purpose of receiving contributions and making expenditures in accordance with this Chapter.

B.  Before accepting any allowable contribution governed by this Chapter on which a participating candidate intends to rely for certification under Section 2.16.050 and seek a public contribution match, a participating candidate must:

1.  File a notice of intent with the Director before the filing deadline for the primary election for the covered office; and

2.  Attend mandatory training provided by the City.  The candidate’s treasurer must also attend the training.

C.  A participating candidate may accept up to $5,000 total in seed money contributions before filing a notice of intent. A participating candidate may not accept seed money after filing a notice of intent. Certified candidates may not accept seed money contributions.

D.  Participating and certified candidates may accept in-kind contributions valued at no more than $20,000 for the primary election period or special nominating election period and no more than $20,000 for the general election period or special runoff election period.

E.  During an election cycle, participating and certified candidates may only accept allowable contributions, public contribution matching from the City, and seed money and in-kind contributions allowed by this Chapter.

F.  Participating and certified candidates may not accept allowable contributions from any one individual totaling more than $250 in the primary election period and $250 in the general election period, except as provided in Section 2.16.150.

G.  From the date the primary election period begins until filing a notice of intent, a participating candidate may not collect any contributions other than allowable, seed and in-kind contributions allowed by this Chapter and may only make expenditures from such contributions. After filing a notice of intent, participating and certified candidates may not make expenditures from funds other than public contribution matching and allowable, seed money or in-kind contributions, as allowed by this Chapter.

H.  Participating and certified candidates must deposit all allowable contributions, public contribution matching and seed money contributions received into the candidate's publicly funded campaign account. Participating and certified candidates must deliver to the Director documentation, as specified by administrative rule, for each allowable contribution, seed money contribution, and in-kind contribution.

I.  A participating or certified candidate may retain a preexisting campaign committee or political activities committee as long as the campaign committee or political activities committee does not accept contributions or make expenditures during the election cycle for which the candidate is seeking a covered office, other than a transfer of seed money to the candidate, consistent with Subsection 2.16.040 C.

J.  Seed money loans from the candidate or candidate’s spouse must be repaid with contributions that are not eligible for public contribution matching or for which public contribution matching is not requested.

K.  The total contributions a participating or certified candidate may collect during the primary election period or special nominating election period, consisting of allowable contributions, public contributions, seed money and in-kind contributions, cannot exceed:

1.  $380,000 for a candidate for Mayor; and

2.  $250,000 for a candidate for Commissioner or Auditor.

L.  The total contributions a participating or certified candidate may collect during the general election period or special runoff election period, consisting of allowable contributions, public contributions, seed money and in-kind contributions, cannot exceed:

1.  $570,000 for a candidate for Mayor; and

2.  $300,000 for a candidate for Commissioner or Auditor.

Upcoming and Recent Changes

Ordinance Number 190243

Effective Date

Updated online 2/9/2021

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