February is much quieter than previous months with only 21 states and 5 localities with periodic disclosure deadlines. Additionally, the Canada Federal monthly report is due.
Also recall that some states have restrictions when it comes to campaign contributions during the legislative session. 25 states with legislative sessions in 2024 maintain some form of blackout for contributions.
Lastly, 15 states have campaign finance disclosure deadlines this month, plus the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Periodic Disclosures Due in February
Breathe a sigh of relief! The rush of renewals, registrations, and final 2023 disclosures is dwindling. February is much quieter than previous months with only 2 states and 5 localities with periodic disclosure deadlines. Additionally, the Canada Federal monthly report is due. As a reminder, states such as Georgia, Kentucky, and Louisiana, regulate lobbying at different levels; for example, Louisiana regulates Executive, Legislative, and Local lobbying separately. When you have more than one registration in a particular state, it’s important that you understand the requirements for each. Check the map below for the states with deadlines this month.
Localities with Periodic Reports Due in February
City and County of San Francisco
City of San Jose
City of Miami Beach
City of Seattle
PAC Blackout Periods
Also, recall that some states have restrictions when it comes to campaign contributions during the legislative session. The 25 states with legislative sessions in 2024 maintain some form of blackout for contributions from PACs, lobbyists, lobbyist principals, individuals, corporations, etc. during the legislative session. If you are planning to give in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, or Wisconsin, check to ensure that the blackout period has ended before giving a contribution.
Note that Minnesota’s PAC and lobbyist contribution ban was expanded in 2023 to include prohibitions on lobbyists, PACs, and political funds from purchasing event tickets or access to a facility run by a candidate for election if that event takes place during the legislative session.
Campaign Finance Deadlines
In February, 15 states have campaign finance disclosure deadlines, plus the Federal Election Commission (FEC). If a political committee is registered in one of these states and is required to file disclosure reports, they must do so in February. Check out the map below for the states with important deadlines this month.
Political committees should be aware of their filing schedules. Some jurisdictions (Texas, for example) give the option to report monthly or quarterly. Also, be aware that some states require a political committee to report large contributions within a set time frame of receipt. Political committees should be reviewing contributions carefully to ensure they do not miss a required contribution- or expenditure-triggered deadline.