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Reporting Calendars

Reference MCA 13-37 for all campaign finance information, including report filing timelines (13-37-226), time periods covered by reports (13-37-228), and disclosure requirements (13-37-229).  

Campaign finance reports are available below both through a drop-down tab display and in the below calendar display (which is 'sortable' based on the types of lobbyists, candidates, and committees).

2019 City Candidate Report Dates

2019 City Candidates Candidate Finance Report Calendar (Primary and General Elections)

Report form C-5 must be filed for each reporting period to disclose all transactions that occurred during the specific reporting period (PDF of 2019 City Candidate Report Dates).

2019 City Candidates

Candidate Finance Report Calendar
Primary and General Elections

Report form C-5 must be filed for each reporting period to disclose all transactions, if any that occurred during the specific reporting period.

Filing Deadline

Reporting Period

August 6, 2019

C-5: Pre-Primary/Date of first contribution through August 1st  

August 24th -September 10th 
(C-7 primary election reporting period)

Primary candidates must file a C-7 (within 48 hours) any time a contribution of $100 or more is received between between August 24th and September 10th

August 29, 2019

C-5: August 2nd through August 24th

August 31st-September 10th

Clean Campaign Period (for primary)

--September 10: Primary Election—

September 30, 2019

If not nominated in Primary: C-5: Post Primary/August 25th through September 25th

October 1, 2019

If going through to General: C-5: Pre-General/August 25th through September 26th

October 16th-November 5th
(C-7 and C-7E general election reporting period)

Candidates must file a C-7 (within 48 hours) any time a contribution of $100 or more is received between October 16 and November 5th

Candidates must file a C-7E (within 48 hours) any time an expenditure or debt of $100 or more is made between October 15th and November 5th

October 20, 2019

C-5: September 27th through October 15th  

October 26th-November 5th

Clean Campaign Period (for general)

--November 5: General Election—

Starting November 2019, all candidates—regardless of candidate type (e.g. statewide, district, city, etc.) will follow the exact same C-5 reporting calendars. All candidate campaign finance reports will be due on the same dates.

November 20, 2019

C-5: Post General/October 16th through November 15th   

(May also be the closing report if all debts are paid and no more campaign activity is anticipated; otherwise a closing report must be filed later.)

March 10, 2020

C-5: Required only if 2019 campaign account still open, covers November 16 through March 5, 2020.

September 10, 2020

C-5: Required only if 2019 campaign account still open, covers March 6 through September 6th

* The November 20th Post General report can be the closing report if all campaign debts are paid and no more activity is anticipated for the campaign. If campaign activity will continue, a closing report must still be filed. 

2019 & 2020 Candidates C-5 Report Dates

2019-2020 Candidates

The below dates apply for Statewide, State District, County, and School candidates. City candidates have a different report schedule. Report form C-5 must be filed for each reporting period to disclose all transactions, if any, that occurred during the specific reporting period. (2019 and 2020 Candidate Report Dates PDF) For information on filing dates, please reference the Secretary of State's webpage
 


 

Committee Report Dates

Below, you can find committee information about: 

  1. 1. 2019 and 2020 City Election Committees
    2. 2020 Committees

    3. 2018 Committees

1. 2019 & 2020 City Election Committees

Report form C-6 or C-4 form must be filed for each reporting period to disclose all transactions, if any, that occurred during the specific reporting period (PDF City Election Committee report dates):

Filing Deadline

Reporting Period

August 6, 2019

Pre-Primary/Date of first contribution through August 1st  

August 29, 2019

August 2nd through August 24th

August 25th through September 10th

(C-7)

File a C-7 (within 48 hours) each time a $500 contribution from a single source is received between August 25th and September 10th

August 31st-November 10th

Fair Notice (Clean Campaign) Period

Municipal Primary Election: September 10, 2019

September 30, 2019

Post Primary/August 25th through September 25th

October 30, 2019

September 26th through October 25th  

October 26th through November 5th

(C-7 and C-7E)

File a C-7 (within 48 hours) each time a $500 contribution from a single source is received between October 26th through November 5th

File a C-7E (within 48 hours) each time an expenditure of  $500 or more is made between October 26th through November 5th

General Election: November 5, 2019

November 30, 2019

Post General/October 26nd through November 25th   

(May also be the closing report if all debts are paid and no more
campaign activity is anticipated; otherwise a closing report must be filed later.)

March 10, 2020

Required for any city election committees who still have a 2019 committee account open. Report covers Nov. 16 through March 5, 2020

September 10, 2020

Required for any city election committees who still have a 2019 committee account open. Report covers March 6 through September 5, 2020

 

2. 2020 Committees

Report C-6 and C-4 must be filed for each reporting period to disclose all transactions--if any--that occurred during the specific reporting period (PDF of 2020 committee report dates here).

                   Filing Deadline

Reporting Period

January 5, 2020 (Quarterly Report)

October 1st through December 31, 2019

March 30, 2020

January 1st through March 25th

April 30, 2020

March 26th through April 25th

May 30, 2020

April 26th through May 25th

 

 

May 26th through June 2nd

(Form C-7 and C-7E)

File a Form C-7 (within 2 business days) each time a contribution of $500 or more is received from a single source between May 26th and June 2nd

File a Form C-7E (within 2 business days) each time an expenditure of $500 or more is made between May 26th and June 2nd

June 30, 2020

May 26th through June 25th

August 30, 2020

June 26th through August 25th

September 30, 2020

August 26th through September 25th

October 30, 2020

September 26th through October 25th

 

 

October 26th through November 3rd

(Form C-7 and C-7E)

File a Form C-7 (within 2 business days) each time a contribution of $500 or more is received from a single source between October 26th and November 3rd

File a Form C-7E (within 2 business days) each time an expenditure of $500 or more is made between

October 26th and November 3rd

November 30, 2020

October 26th through November 25th

January 31, 2021

November 26th through December 31st, 2020

 

 

Lobbying Report Dates

2018 Non-Session Year

 - Feb. 15, 2019 - Non-Session Year End Report - (Report must cover Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018) 


2019 Legislative Session Reports

- Feb. 15, 2019: Mandatory L-5 report covering January
- March 15, 2019: L-5 report covering February that is required if you spent $5,000 or more in February
- April 15, 2019: L-5 report covering March that is required if you spent $5,000 or more in March
- May 28, 2019: Mandatory L-5 report due 30 days after the session adjourns
February 15, 2020: Year-end Session L-5 report required if any lobbying activity or expenses occurred during the 2019 session or after the 2019 session's adjournment. If a principal terminated their lobbyist by the end of the legislative session, and no other lobbyists are active, this report is not required.

2019 Post-Session Lobbying L-5 Report Due Dates

1- After the session, any time $5,000 or more is spent on lobbying activities in a single month, an L-5 must be filed on the 15th of the following month. The report must also retroactively include any previous expenses from months were $5,000 or more was NOT spent. For example, if a principal spends $2,000 in June and $5,000 in July, they must file a monthly L-5 on August 15th. This report would cover all June and July expenses and activity. Please see MCA 5-7-208.

2- If $5,000 is not spent in a single month after the legislative session concludes, an L-5 Year End Session Report is required to be filed by February 15, 2020. All post-session lobbying activity and expenses must be disclosed in this L-5 report. Please see MCA 5-7-208.

3- If a principal does not have any lobbying activity after the legislative session and they did not terminate all lobbyists by the end of the session, they must file the L-5 Year End Session Report stating that no activity or expenses occurred. Please see MCA 5-7-208.

Resources

- L-5 Lobbying Financial Report guide, PDF guide
- 2019 Legislative and Lobbying page

 

School Candidate Report Dates

Report form C-5 must be filed for each reporting period to disclose all transactions that occurred during the specific reporting period. School Candidate Report Dates PDF

Filing Deadline

Period Covered by the Report

April 2nd

Pre-Primary/Date of first contribution through March 28th

April 25th

March 29th through April 20th

Within 48 hours

File only if a $100 contribution from a single source is received between April 20th and

May 7th

May 27th  

Post Primary/April 20th through May 22nd

2017 & 2018 Candidate Report Dates

Required 2019 Reports for Candidates with Open 2017 or 2018 Campaign Accounts
(PDF for 2017 and 2018 candidates)

C-5 Reports Required for 2018 Candidates

-March 10, 2019: C-5 for Candidates with 2018 campaign accounts open, covering Nov. 22, 2018 through March 5, 2019
-September 10, 2019: C-5 for Candidates with 2018 campaign accounts open, covering March 6, 2019 through Sept. 5, 2019

C-8 Constituent Services Account C-8 Report Due Dates and Guide
    1- January 10, 2019
    2- April 10, 2019
    3- July 10, 2019
    4- October 10, 2019

Training Events

Candidate Trainings

 
Are you considering a run for public office? If so, don't miss the Montana's Credit Unions's Co-op Campaign Academy! The COPP will be giving an hour-long presentation during this 1.5 day event. The nonpartisan Co-op Campaign Academy provides attendees with the knowledge and tools needed to run a successful campaign. See the full agenda for session topics. 
 
  1. 1. November 4, 2019 (Missoula): Join the COPP at the Montana's Credit Unions' Montana Co-Op Campaign Academy At 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 4th, the COPP will present information on how to run for office, campaign finance requirements, and what disclosure is required from candidates. Sign up at the MCUN website
  2. 2. November 6, 2019 (Helena): Join the COPP at the Montana's Credit Unions' Montana Co-Op Campaign Academy At 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6th, the COPP will present information on how to run for office, campaign finance requirements, and what disclosure is required from candidates. Sign up at the MCUN website
  3. 3. November 8, 2019 (Billings): Join the COPP at the Montana's Credit Unions' Montana Co-Op Campaign Academy At 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 8th, the COPP will present information on how to run for office, campaign finance requirements, and what disclosure is required from candidates. Sign up at the MCUN website


Upcoming events

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