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Petition Fund Reports, Committee Registration Requirements and Campaign Fund Reports

DISCLAIMER: The information provided in the "Frequently Asked Question's" is not legal advice and subject due to legislation, litigation or additional advice from the Attorney General's Office and therefore, we suggest independent review of the process and applicable laws with your own legal counsel. Material Revised April 1, 2009

What types of petitions require Petition Fund Reports?
(Report of monies spent for petition drives)
- New Party: not required
- Nominating: not required
- Statewide Referendum: required
- Public Local Law Referendum: required
- Charter Adoption: required
- Charter Amendment: required
- Local Referenda: regulated by county charter or local laws

When is the Petition Fund Report required to be filed?
- New Party: not required
- Nominating: not required
- Statewide Referendum: at time of filing each set of petitions
- Public Local Law Referendum: at time of filing each set of petitions
- Charter Adoption: at time of filing each set of petitions
- Charter Amendment: at time of filing each set of petitions
- Local Referenda: regulated by county charter or local laws

When must petition groups register as political committees?
- New Party: when petition process has been completed and the Constitution and Bylaws have been approved
- Nominating: prior to the occurrence of financial activity relating to the circulation of the nominating petition
- Statewide Referendum: at time it is known that the question will be placed on ballot but prior to financial activity concerning the passage or defeat of the question.
- Public Local Law Referendum: at time it is known that the question will be placed on the ballot but prior to financial activity concerning the passage or defeat of the question.
- Charter Amendment: at time it is known that the question will be on ballot but prior to financial activity concerning the passage or defeat of the question
- Local Referendum: at time it is known that the question will be placed on ballot but prior to financial activity concerning the passage or defeat of the question

When are their campaign fund reports due?
- New Party: when the petition process has been completed and the Constitution and Bylaws have been approved
- Nominating: first pre-general report1
- Statewide Referendum: first pre-general report1
- Public Local Law Referendum: first pre-general report1
- Charter Amendment: first pre-general report1
- Local Referendum: first pre-general report1

1If the committee is a continuing committee, additional reporting may be required.