Citizens Clean Elections Commission

Citizens Clean 
Elections Commission

Your Guide to Arizona’s Political Process

AZ Clean Elections

Early Contributions

  • Collected through August 23, 2016.
  • 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 $720 for candidates for the legislature and $1,420 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.

$5 Qualifying Contributions

  • Collected during the qualifying period (August 1, 2015- August 23, 2016) 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.

Applying for Clean Elections 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 can 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- May 2, 2016 (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.


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).

Fixed Assets

Candidates may purchase fixed assets with a value not to exceed $800 (including taxes).


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.


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: 09/13/2016
  • General Election Submission/Repayment Deadline: 11/22/2016
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.


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

Candidate Training


The Participating Candidate Workshops 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. Take a look at the dates and select one that works for you. If you have questions regarding the workshop, please contact Sara Larsen at 602-364-3477.

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.


2016 One-Party-Dominant 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 28, 2016.

2016 Dominant Party Calculations


Important Dates/Filing Deadlines

Click here for important dates and filing deadlines.


Early Contribution Limits
Corporation Commission$25,678
Minimum Number of $5
Qualifying Contributions
Secretary of State2,500
Attorney General2,500
Sup. of Public Instruction1,500
Corporation Commission1,500
Mine Inspector500
Primary Election Funding
Corporation Commission$102,711
General Election Funding
Corporation Commission$154,067


For a listing of the 2016 Primary Election Candidates, click on the link below.

Participating Candidate List