The Campaign Electronic Reporting System (CERS) is a publicly accessible database where candidates and committees report the money they receive and spend to promote and oppose candidates and other ballot issues. Montana's campaign finance laws ensure that the public can engage with a transparent reporting of money in elections. To access the database and search, click here.
Campaign Finance (Candidates and Committees)
Access the Campaign Electronic Reporting System (CERS) (Instructions) (Instructions for New Users) ( Simple Guidance) (Screenshot Guide to Filing as a Candidate in CERS)
The Inspection and Exam Process
Both candidates and committees will become familiar with the inspection and exam process. An Inspection Report is a COPP inspection that occurs each time a candidate or committee files a campaign finance report leading up to an election. The Inspection Report notes all changes a candidate or committee must make to each campaign finance report in order to comply with Montana law. A CFR Compliance Report will only detail one specific financial report.
An Exam occurs after an election and serves as a final and cumulative inspection of all financial reports filed by a candidate or committee (required by 13-37-123, MCA). All campaign finance reports are included in the Exam, and the COPP alerts the candidate or committee to all outstanding items or issues that must be addressed by the candidate or committee. The candidate or committee then has 10 business days to correct all outstanding items. For more details on the Inspection and Exam Process, click here.
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Montana Ballot Interference Prevention Act (BIPA)
LR 129, the “Ballot Interference Prevention Act” (BIPA) passed in the November 2018 election. All Montana elections will now comply with the requirements of the BIPA. For compliance information, to access a BIPA Registration Form, and more, see this BIPA page.