2020 Campaign Finance Webinars

The New York State Board of Elections is offering three campaign finance seminars this Summer.

The following webinars have been scheduled:

  • Thursday, July 9, 2020 – 9:30am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 – 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020 – 9:30am – 12:30pm

Each webinar will include a shared-screen PowerPoint presentation on campaign financial disclosure requirements as defined in New York State Election Law to assist candidates and committees in understanding the law and the disclosure process, as well as an interactive component where attendees may ask questions.

The link for webinar registration is now active: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/new-york-state-board-of-elections-9860922632.
You may also access this link via:  https://www.elections.ny.gov/CampaignFinance.html.

A few things to note:

* Pre-registration is REQUIRED for these webinars, as we will need to email the WebEx instructions and a packet of information to attendees beforehand.
* In the interest of time and scheduling constraints, these webinars will not offer any CLE/CPE credit.
* These webinars will not cover the upcoming web-based EFS software in detail, as the current desktop EFS software will still be used for the July Periodic. Future webinars will specifically train on the new web-based software closer to its launch.

Financial Disclosure Statements

All candidates and political committees are required by law to disclose, at specific times, all of the financial activity made in connection with their campaign. Such disclosure is made by filing campaign finance reports. These reports show the amount of money spent and received by the candidate or committee.

Filing with the New York State Board of Elections

As a result of new legislation effective December 15, 2019, all candidates and committees are required to file campaign financial disclosure statements only with the New York State Board of Elections regardless of how much money they spend and/or receive.

The new legislation eliminates the requirement to file campaign financial disclosure statements and/or registration forms with the Putnam County Board of Elections.

In addition, any candidate or committee that qualifies for an exemption from filing must send  their completed CF-05 Claim of Exemption form directly to the New York State Board of Elections.

For further information on campaign financial disclosure requirements please visit the New York State Board of Elections Website.

When Reports are Filed

The New York State Board of Elections publishes a calendar which lists when financial disclosure reports need to be filed. Please refer to the Filing Calendar link below, or contact the Putnam County Board of Elections.

IRS Requirements

Campaign committees may have some IRS filing requirements. To see these requirements please visit the Internal Revenue Service Website.

Contribution Limits

New York State Election Law establishes certain limits on contributions that can be given and received by candidates and political committees, as well as limits on contributions that can be given by individuals and other entities. For further information on contribution limits, please contact the Putnam County Board of Elections.

HANDBOOK, FILING CALENDAR AND FORMS

2020 FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE FILING CALENDAR

2020 FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE CONTRIBUTION LIMITS