Candidates who opt into the clean funding program are known as participating candidates. Participating candidates agree to adhere to the Act and Commission rules in return for receiving funding from the Citizens Clean Elections Fund.
Qualifying for Clean Funding
$5 Qualifying Contributions
Collected during the qualifying period (August 1, 2017- August 21, 2018) for legislative and statewide candidates. To ensure that a candidate has sufficient number of valid $5 forms, we recommend that a candidate collect at least 20% more forms than the minimum number required.
Only a qualified elector, who is properly registered to vote in the district of the office a candidate is seeking, may give a $5 Qualifying Contribution. A candidate can receive a $5 Qualifying Contribution from a qualified elector regardless of the contributor's party affiliation.
Applying for Clean Funding
If you have collected a sufficient number of $5 qualifying contributions (A.R.S. 16-950), the Commission recommends you collect 20% more than required, you must submit to the Secretary of State's Office the following documents:
•Application for Funding (found in the SOS campaign finance reporting system);
•List of All $5 Qualifying Contributors (make sure you have entered the $5 qualifying contributions into the SOS campaign finance reporting system);
•Original $5 Qualifying Contribution Forms (sorted by county if your district has more than one county or you are running for a statewide office);
•A single check made payable to the Clean Elections Fund for the total amount of the $5 qualifying contributions you are submitting (Please wait to fill in the check until the SOS staff gives you the official number of $5 qualifying contributions submitted);
•Nomination Paper (A.R.S. 16-311);**
•Nomination Petitions and Signatures;**
•Financial Disclosure Statement.**
**All of these documents must be submitted at the same time in order to apply for funding prior to the start of the filing period (A.R.S. 16-951(B)).
The only paper you need to file with the Clean Elections Commission is the Arizona Vendor Application Form. Please bring the original document to our office after you have applied for funding. To view the Secretary of State's filing procedures, as well as the new digital submission requirements, please click here.
Early contributions are collected through August 21, 2018:
•Individuals may contribute up to a maximum of $160.
•Contributions from political action committees (PACs), businesses, corporations, political parties, and labor unions are prohibited.
•Candidates may contribute his or her personal funds up to a maximum amount of $740 for candidates for the legislature and $1,460 for candidates running for a statewide office.
The personal contribution limit includes contributions received from certain family members. A traditional candidate who later chooses to run as a participating candidate may not have spent contributions exceeding the individual early contribution limit of $160 or exceeding the aggregate early contribution limit for the specified office.
A participating candidate must adhere to expenditure limits, and may not make expenditures in excess of the cash on hand. This includes both early contributions received and candidate funding (A.R.S. 16-941).
Please refer to the Commission's rules (click here) for further information on expenditures.
Qualifying for the Ballot
Creating your Campaign Committee
Each candidate who intends to receive contributions or make expenditures of $500 or more shall file a Statement of
Organization in order to establish the candidate's campaign committee. Only a candidate who has filed a Statement of Organization and has established a candidate’s campaign committee is eligible to participate in the Clean Elections program.
Each statewide or legislative candidate that wishes to have their name printed on the official ballot must file nomination petitions, a nomination paper and a financial disclosure statement with the Secretary of State's Office. These documents and the signature requirements can be found on the Secretary of State's website.
2018 Offices to be Elected
- Secretary of State
- Attorney General
- State Treasurer
- Superintendent of Public Instruction
- State Mine Inspector
- Corporation Commissioner (elect 2)
- State Senator (elect 1)
- State Representative (elect 2)
Important Dates/Filing Deadlines
CONTRIBUTIONS & FUNDING
|Early Contribution Limits|
|Secretary of State||$55,630|
|Sup. of Public Instruction||$27,811|
|Minimum Number of $5 |
|Secretary of State||2,500|
|Sup. of Public Instruction||1,500|
|Primary Election Funding|
|Secretary of State||$217,589|
|Sup. of Public Instruction||$108,779|
|General Election Funding|
|Secretary of State||$326,384|
|Sup. of Public Instruction||$163,169|
In Arizona, candidates are required to obtain a minimum number of petition signatures to appear on a ballot. Voters interested in assisting Statewide and Legislative candidates can now sign a petition electronically.
Clean Elections candidates are required to obtain $5 qualifying contributions from registered voters to qualify for public funding. Voters may now contribute a $5 qualifying contribution with E-Qual.
Click Here to access E-QUAL
Click Here to view the E-Qual User Manual
The Commission hosts workshop for Participating Candidates, which are designed to give prospective candidates an idea of what using the Clean Elections system will entail. The workshop is a 1-hour event that can be attended either on-line or in-person and covers how to qualify for Clean Elections funding, collecting the $5 qualifying contributions, campaign finance requirements, candidate debates and the candidate statement pamphlet among other areas.
All participating candidates are required to attend and all treasurers are encouraged to attend at least one workshop. For those attending on-line an email will be sent to you by noon on the day of the event that contains a link to the workshop. Please click on the link and follow the instructions. Our candidate training workshops are held in our office at 1616 W. Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85007 unless otherwise noted. If you have questions regarding the workshop, please contact Commission staff at 602-364-3477.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
2018 One-Party Dominate Legislative Districts
Pursuant to A.R.S. §16-952(D), a one-party-dominant legislative district is a district in which the number of registered voters registered in their party with the highest number of registered voters exceeds the number of registered voters to each of the other parties by an amount at least as high as ten percent of the total number of voters registered in the district. Legislative candidates in a one-party-dominant district who choose to reallocate their funds will receive additional primary funding on June 26, 2018.
The 2018 Dominant Party Calculations will be created in April of 2018, utilizing the March 1st Voter Registration Statistics.
2014 One-Party Dominant Districts
2016 One-Party Dominant Districts
Candidates may purchase fixed assets with a value not to exceed $800 (including taxes).
SUBMISSION/REPAYMENT OF FIXED ASSETS
If a candidate chooses to purchase fixed assets that can be used for non-campaign purposes, with a value of $200 or more, the candidate must: Submit the item(s) to the Commission; or Reimburse the Commission for 80% of the original purchase price of the item. A copy of the original sales receipt for the item purchase must be presented at the time of the submission or repayment.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION/REPAYMENT OF FIXED ASSETS
All fixed assets must be submitted or repaid no later than 14 days after the primary election, or the general election if the candidate was successful in the primary.
Primary Election Submission/Repayment Deadline: 09/11/2018
General Election Submission/Repayment Deadline: 11/20/2018
Failure to comply may result in an enforcement action. See A.A.C. R2-20-702(D) in the Commission's Act & Rules Manual for more details.