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Primary election report notice

Alabama

Political committees involved in only the primary (03/03/2020):

Report Reporting period [1] Reg./cert. & overnight mailing deadline Filing deadline
Pre-Primary 01/01/2020 - 02/12/2020 02/17/2020 [2] 02/20/2020
48-Hour Notices
(candidates only)
02/13/2020 - 02/29/2020 n/a filing info
April Quarterly 02/13/2020 - 03/31/2020 04/15/2020 04/15/2020


Political committees involved in both the primary (03/03/2020) and the runoff (07/14/2020) [3], if held:

Report Reporting period [1] Reg./cert. & overnight mailing deadline Filing deadline
Pre-Primary 01/01/2020 - 02/12/2020 02/17/2020 [2] 02/20/2020
48-Hour Notices
(candidates only)
02/13/2020 - 02/29/2020 n/a filing info
April Quarterly 02/13/2020 - 03/31/2020 04/15/2020 04/15/2020
Pre-Runoff 04/01/2020 - 06/24/2020 06/29/2020 07/02/2020
48-Hour Notices
(candidates only)
06/25/2020 - 07/11/2020 n/a filing info
July Quarterly 06/25/2020 - 06/30/2020 07/15/2020 07/15/2020


Who must file

The following committees must file the Alabama Pre-Primary/Runoff Report(s):

  • Principal campaign committees of congressional candidates [4] (including unopposed candidates and candidates whose names do not appear on the ballot) who seek election in the primary election must file the above reports and notices. [5]
  • PACs and party committees filing on a quarterly basis in 2020 are subject to pre-election reporting if they make previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures (including independent expenditures) in connection with an election by the close of books of the applicable report(s).

Before a committee can stop filing with the FEC, it must file a termination report with the Commission. Committees must continue to file reports until the Commission notifies them in writing that their termination report has been accepted.

Read supplemental filing information:


FOOTNOTES:

[1] These dates indicate the beginning and the end of the reporting period. A reporting period always begins the day after the closing date of the last report filed. If the committee is new and has not previously filed a report, the first report must cover all activity that occurred before the committee registered up through the close of books for the first report due.

[2] Notice that the registered/certified & overnight mailing deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday. The report should be postmarked on or before that date.

[3] On 03/18/2020, the Alabama Governor changed the congressional primary runoff election from 03/31/2020 to 07/14/2020. The change was in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

[4] Generally, an individual becomes a candidate for federal office (and thus triggers registration and reporting obligations) when his or her campaign exceeds $5,000 in either contributions or expenditures. If the campaign has not crossed the $5,000 threshold, it is not required to file reports.

[5] If a candidate has more than one authorized committee, the principal campaign committee files a consolidated report on Form 3Z in addition to filing the report on Form 3.

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