Campaign Finance

A candidate for Mayor or Council must comply with all State campaign finance laws. [A.R.S. Title 16, Chapter 6]. 

Campaign Finance laws are specific and detailed. They establish when a candidate is required to form a committee, how a candidate’s committee must be constituted, contribution limits, and when campaign finance reports are required and their content. The importance of strict compliance with campaign finance laws cannot be overstated. Timely, accurate compliance with campaign laws is essential to avoid monetary penalties, possible criminal violations, and other negative consequences. Failure to comply with campaign finance laws may be the subject of enforcement actions, as well as civil and criminal penalties. 

To ensure compliance with all State campaign finance laws, candidates are strongly encouraged to seek the assistance of their attorney and/or other professionals with knowledge of election laws from the beginning of their involvement in the campaign finance process. City staff will not interpret campaign finance law for candidates. Staff will provide candidates with the information needed to complete the required forms.

Statement of Organization

Candidates who receive contributions or make expenditures, in any combination, of $500.00 or more in connection with their candidacy must register as a candidate committee and account for all monies or things of value received and explained by filing a Statement of Organization with the City Clerk (filing officer). [A.R.S.§16-905(B)] 

A candidate may have only one committee in existence for the same office during the same election cycle. Committees are required to file an amended Statement of Organization within ten (10) days after any change in committee information. [A.R.S. §§16-906]. 

Below are the Campaign Finance Filing Deadlines and Reporting Periods for Candidate Committees.

A.R.S. § 16-927. Campaign finance reporting period:

Reporting Period Report Due
4th Quarter: (varies) - December 31, 2023 January 1, 2024 – January 16, 2024 (Holiday)
1st Quarter: January 1, 2024 – March 31, 2024 April 1, 2024 – April 15, 2024
2nd Quarter: April 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024 July 1, 2024 – July 15, 2024
Pre-Primary Election : July 1, 2024 – July 20, 2024 July 21, 2024 – July 27, 2024
Post-Primary - 3rd Quarter: July 21, 2024 - September 30, 2024 October 1, 2024 – October 15, 2024
Pre-General Election: October 1, 2024 - October 19, 2024 October 20, 2024 – October 26, 2024
Post-General - Election 4th Quarter : October 20, 2024– December 31, 2024 January 1, 2025 – January 15, 2025

Un candidato a Alcalde o Miembri del Concejo debe cumplir con todas las leyes estatales de financiación de campañas. [A.R.S. Título 16, Capítulo 6]. 

Las leyes de financiación de campañas son específicas y detalladas. Establecen cuándo se requiere que un candidato forme un comité, cómo se debe constituir el comité de un candidato, límites de contribución y cuándo se requieren informes financieros de campaña y su contenido. No se puede subestimar la importancia del cumplimiento estricto de las leyes de financiación de campañas. El cumplimiento oportuno y preciso de las leyes de campaña es esencial para evitar sanciones monetarias, posibles infracciones penales y otras consecuencias negativas. El incumplimiento de las leyes de financiación de campañas puede ser objeto de acciones coercitivas, así como de sanciones civiles y penales. 

Para garantizar el cumplimiento de todas las leyes estatales de financiamiento de campañas, se recomienda encarecidamente a los candidatos que busquen la asistencia de su abogado y/u otros profesionales con conocimiento de las leyes electorales desde el comienzo de su participación en el proceso de financiamiento de campañas. El personal de la ciudad no interpretará la ley de financiamiento de campañas para los candidatos. El personal proporcionará a los candidatos la información necesaria para completar los formularios requeridos.