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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 belowcalendar display (which is 'sortable' based on the types of lobbyists, candidates, and committees).

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

2019-2020 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

 

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).

Filing Deadline

Reporting Period

August 6, 2019

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

August 29, 2019

August 2nd through August 24th

Within 48 hours

File only if a $100 contribution from a single source is received between August 24th and

September 10th

September 30, 2019

Post Primary/August 25th through September 25th

If not nominated in Primary

October 1, 2019

Pre-General/September 25th through September 26th

If going through to General

October 20, 2019

September 27th through October 15th  

Within 48 hours

File only if a $100 contribution from a single source is received between October 15th and November 5th

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*

Post General/October 16nd 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

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

September 10, 2020

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)

 

Filing Deadline

Reporting Period

April 5, 2019

Quarterly/Date of first contribution through March 31st

July 5, 2019

Quarterly/April 1st through June 30th

October 5, 2019

Quarterly/July 1st through Sept. 30th

 

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.

 

January 5, 2020

 

Quarterly/Oct. 1st through December 31st

March 20, 2020

Monthly/January 1st through March 15th

April 20, 2020

Monthly/March 16th through April 15th

May 20, 2020

Monthly/April 16th through May 15th

Within 2 Business Days

(Form C-7)

File only if a $100 contribution from a single source is received between May 15th and June 2nd

June 20, 2020

Post Primary/ May 16th through June 15th

August 20, 2020

Monthly/ June 16th through August 15th

September 20, 2020

Monthly/August 16th through September 15th

October 20, 2020

Monthly/September 16th through October 15th

Within 2 Business Days (Form C-7)

File Only if a $100 Contribution from a single source is received between October 15th through November 3rd

November 20, 2020

Monthly / October 16th through November 15th

March 10, 2021

End of last period: November 16th through March 5th

 

September 10, 2021

 

End of last period: March 6th through September 5th

 

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

Committee Report Dates

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 of 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

Within 48 hours

File only if a $500 contribution from a single source is received between August 24th and

September 10th

September 30, 2019

Post Primary/August 25th through September 25th

If not nominated in Primary

October 1, 2019

Pre-General/September 25th through September 26th

If going through to General

October 30, 2019

September 27th through October 25th  

Within 48 hours

File only if a $500 contribution from a single source is received between October 25th and November 5th

November 20, 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

Nov. 16 through March 5, 2020

September 10, 2020

March 6 through September 5, 2020

2018 County Committees and All Local Ballot Issue Committees

For county candidates, committees, and ballot issues with a June 2018 primary and November general
     -2018 County Calendar

      - March 10, 2019: Form C-5 must be filed, covering November 22, 2018 through March 5, 2019
      - September 10, 2019: Form C-5 must be filed, covering March 6, 2019 through September 5, 2019

Off-Cycle Reporting

There is no reporting calendar for the off-election cycle. PACs and Parties are required to file a report 12 days before and 20 days after an election in which they participate by making an expenditure. If there is no city or school election activity then the only required report is due January 31st, 2020.

2018 Committees

Please follow the calendar for the type of candidate/issue your committee has contributed to during the 2018 election cycle. If your committee has contributed to more than one type of candidate, you will follow the highest appropriate calendar. For example, if you give to a county candidate and a statewide candidate, you'll follow the statewide calendar.

Statewide Ballot Issue Committees
- 2018 Statewide Ballot Issue/Incidental Committees

          - March 10, 2019: Form C-6 must be filed, covering November 22, 2018 through March 5, 2019
          -
September 10, 2019: Form C-6 must be filed, covering March 6, 2019 through September 5, 2019

Independent & Party Committees
- ...that gave to Statewide Candidates
- ...that gave to State District Candidates
- ...that gave to County Candidates
- ...that DID NOT give to any Candidate

Incidental Committees
- ...that gave to Statewide Candidates and Committees
          - March 10, 2019: Form C-4 must be filed, covering November 22, 2018 through March 5, 2019
          -
September 10, 2019: Form C-4 must be filed, covering March 6, 2019 through September 5, 2019

- ...that gave to State District Candidates
- ...that gave to County Candidates and Committees
- ...that DID NOT give to any Candidate

 

 

 


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