As a candidate, what are my responsibilities relating to filing a financial statement at the end of my campaign?
It is your responsibility as a candidate to file a complete and accurate financial statement on time. The filing deadline is 2 p.m. on the last Friday in March following the election (March 29, 2019).
If you filed a nomination form you must file a financial statement.
If your campaign contributions (including contributions from yourself) or campaign expenses are greater than $10,000 you must have your financial statement audited and include the auditor’s report when you submit your financial statement to the city clerk.
You can file your campaign financial statement after you have ended your campaign. If you file your statement early and then discover that there is an error in it, you can submit a corrected statement at any time before the filing deadline on March 29, 2019.
Applying for an extension
If you think that you will be unable to file your financial statement by the deadline, you may apply before March 29, 2019 to the Superior Court of Justice for an extension. If the court grants the extension, you will receive the refund of your nomination fee if you file by the deadline given to you by the court.
Grace period for filing
If you have not filed your financial statement by the deadline, you may file your financial statement within 30 days after the deadline, if you pay the City a $500 late filing fee. You will not receive a refund of your nomination fee if you file during the 30-day grace period.
If you have not filed your financial statement by the end of the 30-day grace period and you did not apply to the court for an extension prior to the deadline, you will forfeit your elected office (if you won the election) and you will be ineligible to run for office or be appointed to fill a vacancy until after the 2022 election.
If you did not file your financial statement by the end of the grace period, you may still file it for the purposes of having your finances on the record. The clerk will accept the financial statement and make it available to the public. The penalties will still apply.