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Campaign finance requirements for Georgia judicial elections

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This information was last updated in 2010. For current campaign finance requirements, contact the Secretary of State's office.
Campaign finance requirements for Georgia judicial elections are governed by the Georgia Ethics Commission, a division of the Georgia Secretary of State.

The Ethics Commission is the agency responsible for the administrative and technical duties involving Georgia campaign finance law. The Ethics Commission maintains a disclosure database of judicial campaigns.

General requirements

Campaign committee

An official campaign committee approved by a candidate is defined under law as a Campaign Committee[1].

Candidate

Any person for running for judicial office in Georgia is considered to be a candidate[2].

Campaign finance requirements

48 hour rule

Any candidate who receives contributions of $1,000 or more after the last reporting period before an election must report the contributions within 48 hours of receiving them.[3]

Contribution limits

For all statewide judicial elections, the contribution limit for all corporations, labor unions, Political Action Committees, and party organizations is $5,000 for the statewide primary and general elections and $3,000 for both a primary or general runoff. For other judicial races, including circuit court races, the contribution limits are $2,000 for the general and primary elections along with $1,000 for the general and primary runoffs.[4]

Corporate contributions

Corporations and labor unions are allowed to donate to judicial candidates, but they are limited in how much they can donate[5].

Filing reports

All candidate committees must file reports if they plan to receive or spend $500 or more[6].

Retention requirements

Georgia law requires that all candidate committees must retain campaign finance records for three years[7].

Reporting requirements

Georgia runs a staggered reporting system. The reporting frequency depends on whether or not the candidate is in an election year.

Off-year reporting

All candidates in a off-year must file reports on June 30 and December 31st[8].

Election year reporting

All candidates in an election year file on a quarterly basis with an extra pre-election report. Reports are due on March 31st, June 30th, September 30, October 25, and December 31st[9].

Run-off elections

If a candidate is in a runoff, a pre-election report is due six days before the runoff. This is for runoff primaries only[10].

Terminating a committee

There are no specific statutes in Georgia law for terminating a candidate committee. However, the annual report is considered the final report[11].

Campaign advertising restrictions

Any advertisement that is aimed to support or oppose a judicial candidate from an Independent Committee must clearly state that the ad is paid for by the independent committee[12].

External links

References

  1. Georgia Ethics Commission "Georgia Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 21-5-3(2))
  2. [http://forum.ethics.ga.gov/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=8 Georgia Ethics Commission " Who is considered a candidate under the Ethics in Government Act?"]
  3. Georgia Ethics Commission "Georgia Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 21-5-34(C)(2)(C))
  4. Georgia Ethics Commission "Georgia Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 21-5-41 (a)(b))
  5. Georgia Ethics Commission "Georgia Ethics in Government Act"(Referenced Statute 21-5-41(A), Georgia Code)
  6. Georgia Ethics Commission "Georgia Ethics in Government Act"(Referenced Statute 21-5-34(a)(2)(A), Georgia Code)
  7. Georgia Ethics Commission "Georgia Ethics in Government Act"(Referenced Statute 21-5-32(C), Georgia Code)
  8. Georgia Ethics Commission "Georgia Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 21-5-34(C)(1))
  9. Georgia Ethics Commission "Georgia Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 21-5-34(C)(2)(A))
  10. Georgia Ethics Commission "Georgia Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 21-5-34(C)(2)(B))
  11. Georgia Ethics Commission "Georgia Ethics in Government Act(Referenced Statutes 21-5-34(C)(2))
  12. Georgia Ethics Commission "Georgia Campaign Finance Laws"(Referenced Statute 21-5-34(3))
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