Campaign Reports - Party Executive Committees
The state executive committee and each county executive committee of each political party regulated by chapter 103 shall file regular reports of all contributions received and all expenditures made by such committee. Such reports shall contain the same information as do reports required of candidates. (Section 106.29, F.S.)
Where to File
Reports are filed with the officer before whom the executive committee registers. A state executive committee filing reports with the Division of Elections is required to file by means of the Electronic Filing System (EFS). If the party filing officer is other than the Division of Elections, contact the appropriate filing officer to find out their requirements.
Accessing the EFS
Using Internet Explorer, access the EFS at: efs.dos.state.fl.us/Default.aspx. Each chairperson is provided an identification number and initial password to gain entry. Once you log in using the initial password, you will be prompted to change it to a confidential one. You are responsible for protecting the password from disclosure. Contact the Division of Elections immediately if your password has been compromised. The chairperson should create a recovery question in case the password is lost or forgotten. Please refer to the EFS User Guide for instructions.
EFS HELP LINE: 850.245.6280
Campaign reports must be entered, saved, reviewed and filed using the EFS. Reports will be held in pending status until the report is ready to be submitted. Approved software is not required in order to file electronically. Data may be entered directly into the EFS. However, the Division of Elections maintains a list of approved software vendors whose programs meet the file specifications for filing campaign reports, thereby allowing reports to be uploaded to the EFS. Instructions for uploading reports are provided in the EFS User's Guide.
Waiver of Report
A waiver of report indicates there has been no activity in the campaign account for the reporting period (no contributions received and no expenditures made). The executive committee must indicate that there is no activity by filing a waiver of report using the EFS by the due date.
The chairperson and campaign treasurer will receive a personal identification number (PIN) which allows the person to submit reports using the EFS. A person's PIN will be considered the same as that person's signature on a submitted report. Each person receiving a PIN should create a recovery question in case the PIN is lost or forgotten. Please refer to the EFS User Guide for instructions.
When to File
Reports must be completed and filed through the EFS no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Timeof the due date. If the EFS is inoperable on the due date, the report will be accepted as timely filed if filed no later than midnight of the first business day the EFS becomes operable.
Penalty for Late Filing
Any executive committee failing to file a report on the designated due date shall be subject to a fine of $1,000 for a state executive committee, and $50 for a county executive committee, per day for each late day, not to exceed 25% of the total receipts or expenditures, whichever is greater, for the period covered by the late report. However, if an executive committee fails to file a report on the Friday immediately preceding the general election, the fine shall be $10,000 per day for each day a state executive committee is late and $500 per day for each day a county executive committee is late.
Amendments to reports that were filed after January 1, 2005, must be filed using the EFS. Amendments to reports that were filed prior to January 1, 2005, must conform to Division of Elections specifications in effect when the original reports were filed or may be amended using the EFS.
The person submitting a report on the EFS may print an electronic receipt indicating and verifying the report was submitted to the Division of Elections. Each campaign report filed by means of the EFS is considered to be under oath and such persons filing the report are subject to the provisions of Chapter 106, Florida Statutes.