ETHICS AND CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE

 

WHO IS COVERED BY THE ACT?

  • The Illinois Campaign Disclosure Act applies to candidates, individuals, groups of persons or any organizations, political or otherwise, who:  have accepted contributions or made expenditures in excess of $3,000 within a 12-month period in support of or in opposition to (1) a candidate or candidates for public office, or (2) any question of public policy to be submitted to the voters; or who have made expenditures in excess of $3,000 within a 12-month period for electioneering communication – defined essentially as any form of communication or advertising that refers to a clearly identified candidate, political party, or question of public policy made within the 60-days before a general or consolidated election or 30-days before a primary election.  (This applies regardless of whether the candidate, committee or party in question has knowledge of or has consented to the electioneering communication.)  Once the threshold has been reached, the Act requires that the committee file campaign disclosure documents with the State Board of Elections and, if applicable, the Count y Clerk.

WHAT DOCUMENTS MUST BE FILED WITH THE COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE AND/OR THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS?

·         STATEMENT OF ORGANIZATION (D-1 REPORT) – Any candidate, individual, group, organization, etc. that receives or spends more than $3,000 on behalf of a candidates or referendum or in opposition to a candidate or referendum and meets the definition of a political committee must file a Statement of Organization report.  The report includes the name of the political committee, address, committee officers and candidates/or referendums that the committee supports or opposes.

Statements of Organization are filed within 10 business days of the creation of a political committee (five business days if the political committee is created within 30 days before an election). 

Political committees may mail, deliver or fax Statements of Organization to the Clerk’s office.

·   SEMI-ANNUAL CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE REPORTS (D-2 REPORTS) – The Campaign Disclosure Reports provide a summary of a political committee’s contributions and expenditures.  EVERY POLITICAL COMMITTEE is required to file Semi-Annual Reports – regardless of how much money is received or spent – until they are dissolved.

Beginning August, 2003 any political committee receiving or spending $10,000 or more must file its Semi-Annual Campaign Disclosure Reports electronically with the Illinois State Board of Elections.  Political committees must continue to file these documents, regardless of how much money is received or spent, until they are dissolved.  Local and State/Local committees that file reports electronically with the State Board of Elections must still also file paper copies with the County Clerk, unless the County in question is participating in an option filing waiver program.  This program exempts committees from filing campaign disclosure reports with the County Clerk after they have filed electronically with the State.  Adams County has entered the waiver program.  Therefore beginning August, 2003 only political committees that do not file electronically with the Illinois State Board of Elections must file paper copies with the Adams County Clerk’s Office.

Electronically filed data is available online at the Illinois State Board of Elections website..

·      PRE-ELECTION REPORTS (D-2 REPORTS/PARTIAL) – Political committees must list all campaign contributions, in-kind services, transfers and loans covering the period from the filing deadline of the last Semi-Annual Campaign Disclosure Report up until 30 days prior to an election.

·      CONTRIBUTION AND EXPENDITURE REPORTS (A-1 REPORTS) – Donations made by friends, family members, corporations, labor unions, associations, and other people or organizations to the political committee would be considered individual contributions.  Money collected at fund-raising events would be reported as individual contributions.  Any donation received by the political committee that exceeds $150 in an aggregate amount from a single source, must be itemized on a Schedule A-1.  Those political committees that do not file electronically may file their report with the Adams County Clerk via mail, delivery or fax.

In addition, political committees are required to file with the State Board of Elections within two business days of receipt a Contribution and Expenditure Report (A-1 Report) if they receive $500 or more from an individual.

·      STATEMENT OF ECONOMIC INTERESTS – The Illinois Government Ethics Act requires elected officials, appointed officials, and certain local and county government employees to file a Statement of Economic Interests with the County Clerk’s office.

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These documents, which disclose an individual’s financial interests, are filed annually and are due May 1.

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE FILED WITH THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS. 

For more information visit the State Board of Elections website and download the most current Guide to Campaign Disclosure booklet.


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