Special election committees for the May 5, 2020 special election have a C-4 or C-6 due by March 10, 2021. The campaign finance report covers all transactions, if any, that occur from September 6, 2020 through March 5, 2021. Reports are required for any school election committees who still have a 2020 commitee account open.
Incidental political committees use Form C-4 to report financial activities; all other committees (political party, ballot issue, and independent (PAC) committees) use Form C-6 to detail all contributions received and expenditures made during a specific timeframe. C-4s and C-6s must be filed in CERS.
An incidental committee is a political committee which is not organized or maintained for the primary purpose of influencing elections but which may incidentally become a political committee by reason of making a contribution or expenditure to support or oppose a candidate and/or issue (Administrative Rules of Montana 44.10.327(2)(c)).
Each county, municipal, and school district committee is required to file campaign finance reports if contributions received or expenditures made exceed $500 (in total).