Campaign Finance & Reporting
Campaign finance is the requirement for all individuals or entities who establish political committees to report contributions and expenditures under the North Carolina Campaign Reporting Act.
North Carolina residents appointed as treasurers of political committees are required to receive training within three months of appointment and once every four years thereafter. The State Board of Elections provides opportunities to take the mandatory compliance training online, in person at designated times in Raleigh, or at hosted regional training held at various locations during the year. To sign up for training, follow the instructions provided. You are also encouraged to take the New Treasurer Course and Software training.
The North Carolina State Board of Elections provides all political committees with the appropriate reporting forms to be used in compliance with the Campaign Finance Reporting Act.
The State Board of Elections has also created campaign finance software.
The New Hanover County Board of Elections maintains a public repository of all campaign finance reports filed with our office.
All candidates for elective office in North Carolina are required to file organizational forms with the appropriate board of elections, within 10 days of one of the following actions, whichever comes first:
- Receiving money or an item of any value in support of the campaign
- Spending money in support of the campaign
- Giving consent for anyone else to receive money or spend money for the purpose of bringing about that individual's nomination or election for office
- Filing a notice of candidacy
All committees organizing over the $1,000 threshold are required to file campaign finance reports per the reporting schedule. Political Action and Referendum Committees are also subject to campaign finance laws and reporting.
As you begin the process of campaign finance reporting, you may have questions that require simple clarification or a more detailed response. The answers to most procedural questions can be found in this documentation and instructions.
- Campaign Finance Manual (PDF)
- Committee Packets
- Campaign Finance Remote Software Supplemental Assistance Guide (PDF)
If you still have questions please contact the Elections Compliance Specialist.