Issue Committees

What is an Issue Committee?

An Issue Committee is:

  • any person, other than a natural person, or
  • any group of two or more persons, including natural persons

whose major purpose is supporting or opposing a ballot issue or ballot question, and has either

  • accepted contributions in excess of $200, or
  • has printed 200 or more petition sections.

 

Do we have to register our Issue Committee with your office?

You must register an issue committee if you:

  • Are a group of two or more individuals (natural persons) or a business (or both)
  • Support or oppose a ballot issue or ballot question

and one of the following two criteria has been met:

  • You have accepted or made contributions or expenditures of $200 or more to support or oppose that ballot issue or ballot question, or
  • You have printed more than 200 petition sections or more than 200 petition sections have been accepted.

 

How do I register an Issue Committee with your office?

You must register a committee online.   

Before registering, make sure that you have:

  • A committee name and any acronyms that you will use.
  • A registered agent.
  • The registered agent's email address and phone number.
  • Physical and mailing addresses for the committee's principal place of business.
  • A description of your committee's purpose.  This information should be detailed, including candidates, ballot measure numbers, or policy positions that you will support or oppose.
  • Financial information, including the name of the bank where the committee has or will have an account.

To register:

  1. Go to the TRACER campaign finance disclosure website.
  2. Click on the "Committee Registration" button.
  3. Select "Issue Committee", then click on "Next".
  4. Fill out the form.  When you are finished, click on "Submit".
  5. Print a copy of the form for your records.
  6. Click on "Finished" to complete your registration.
  7. Login information will be sent to the registered agent's email address.

If you need help using TRACER, see Learn to Use TRACER.

 

I have more questions.

See the Issue Committee FAQs.


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