Quick Reference Charts
Quick reference charts are presented in this part
of the report and provide a convenient summary of the major provisions of state law
concerning campaign finance report filing requirements; contribution, solicitation, and
expenditure limitations; and public financing and special tax provisions in effect through
December 31, 1997. More complete and detailed information on these topics for each
jurisdiction is in Part II: Summaries of State Campaign Finance Law.
- Chart 1: Campaign
Finance Report Filing Requirements. This chart presents information on
campaign finance reporting requirements in each jurisdiction, with an emphasis on the
requirements for reporting or disclosing campaign-related contributions and
expenditures. The chart identifies who is required to report ("required
from"); the general contents ("contents"); the time or schedule for filing
the reports ("time due"); the office or officer with whom the reports are
required to be filed ("filing officer"); additional campaign finance-related
reports that are required to be filed, such as a statement of organization or registration
statement, the designation of a campaign depository, campaign treasurer, or principal
campaign committee ("other reports or statements"); and the state agencies
responsible for the administration and enforcement of the campaign finance law in a
jurisdiction ("responsible state agency").
- Charts 2-A and
2-B: Contribution and Solicitation Limitations.
These charts summarize the state law provisions concerning limitations on contributions
and the solicitation of contributions. Contribution limitation information includes
the restrictions on contributions to particular recipients (e.g., candidates and political
committees), in particular types of campaigns or elections (e.g., primary or general
election) made by the particular types of contributors: individuals, candidates, family
members of candidates, corporations, labor unions, political action committees, regulated
industries, governmental officers and employees, and political parties. Special
restrictions on particular methods of making contributions are presented: cash
contributions, anonymous contributions, and contributions made in the name of another.
Limitations on solicitation by governmental officers and employees are also noted.
This volume also includes a summary of provisions related to contributions and
solicitations during legislative sessions. A final category of "other
restrictions" summarizes any special requirements concerning contributions not listed
in any other category.
- Charts 3-A and
3-B: Expenditure Limitations. These charts
summarize the major provisions concerning election campaign-related expenditures,
including identification of the individuals who may authorize expenditures, the
permissible amount of expenditures, and any restrictions on when expenditures may be made,
as well as related reporting or filing requirements. The authorized uses for which
expenditures may be made, including the personal use of a candidate, the candidate's
family, or others, transfer to other political committees, investment of campaign
contributions and funds, and election day expenses are arrayed. The law on
alternative methods for making expenditures, such as by cash payment or credit card, are
also presented. A final category of "other restrictions" summarizes any
special requirements concerning expenditures that are not listed in any other category.
- Chart 4: States
With Special Tax or Public Financing Provisions. This chart identifies
those jurisdictions providing special treatment for political contributions or incentives
for such contributions through the personal income taxation process or having special
provisions for the public financing or funding of designated candidates or political
parties. The special tax provisions included are those permitting an income tax
credit or deduction for political contributions, a voluntary checkoff or designation of
income tax payment or liability for use in public financing of election campaigns, and a
voluntary surcharge or increase in taxpayer liability for use in campaign financing.
Additional information is provided on the sources of funds for public financing and
the distribution of those funds to eligible recipients.
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