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Campaign Finance Guide
Section 2: Principal Campaign Committees

What are Principal Campaign Committees?
(DC Official Code § 1-1102.02)

Principal Campaign Committees are political committees designated and authorized by a candidate to support the candidate for election under the Act. Each candidate must designate in writing, on the Statement of Candidacy form, only one (1) principal campaign committee. The principal campaign committee is required to file all Reports of Receipts and Expenditures with the Office of Campaign Finance on behalf of that candidate and any other political committees authorized by the candidate.

Registration Requirements for Principal Campaign Committees
(DC Official Code § 1-1102.04)

Each principal campaign committee must file a Statement of Organization with the Office of Campaign Finance within 10 days of designation by a candidate on the Statement of Candidacy form. A principal campaign committee must have a chairperson, treasurer, and one or more campaign depositories located in a national bank in the District of Columbia.

Reporting Requirements for Principal Campaign Committees
(DC Official Code § 1-1102.06)

The treasurer of a principal campaign committee must file a Report of Receipts and Expenditures on January 31st and the 10th day of March, June, August, October and December during the year an election is held for the office its candidate is seeking, and on the 8th day preceding the date of the election. Non-election year reports are due on the 31st day of January and July of each year, and continuous reporting is required until all debts and obligations of the Committee have been satisfied. The obligation to file reports continues until the treasurer files a final report, notwithstanding the outcome of an election.

A Report of Receipts and Expenditures may be filed electronically. However, the original report, verified by the treasurer, is also filed within 5 days of the filing deadline.

Things to Remember

  • Principal Campaign Committees must file a Statement of Organization within 10 days of designation by a candidate on the Statement of Candidacy form.
  • A Principal Campaign Committee must have a chairperson, treasurer, and one or more campaign depositories in a national bank located in the District of Columbia.