seec: Independent Expenditure Reporting and Law Changes

24 Hour Reporting of Independent Expenditures for Statewide and General Assembly Candidates

{Press Releases Archives} Groups making ONLY independent expenditures and soliciting or raising funds earmarked for Connecticut elections or referenda should form an Independent Expenditure (IE) Only Political Committee.
  • Register using SEEC Form 8.  This form may be scanned and emailed to SEEC.eCris.Info@ct.gov or faxed to 860-622-4926.  Newly registered political committees are also required to file a disclosure statement with their registration statement disclosing the receipt of their first contribution or disbursement.  If they have not received their first contribution or disbursement at the time of registration, then they must file a disclosure statement within 48 hours of receiving it.

  • File campaign finance reports when expenditures exceed $1,000 using SEEC Form 40. These forms should be scanned and emailed to SEEC.eCris.Info@ct.gov or faxed to 860-622-4926.

  • After the convention, caucus or town committee meeting is held for the purpose of endorsing candidates, IE Only Political Committees making or obligating to make independent expenditures for statewide or General Assembly candidates that in the aggregate exceed $1,000 must file reports within 24 hours of making or obligating to make the expenditure. 

  • Outside the 24 hour reporting period (which begins the day following the day that the convention is held), the periodic reporting requirements apply.  For committees spending only on referenda or municipal or judge of probate races there are no 24 hour reporting period requirements and the periodic reporting requirements apply as well.

{Press Releases Archives} Groups or individuals making only independent expenditures with funds from their general treasury which were not solicited or received for use in Connecticut elections are Incidental Reporters.
  • There is no registration required.

  • File campaign finance reports when expenditures exceed $1,000 using SEEC Form 26-LONG for the first filing and a SEEC Form 26-SHORT for subsequent filings. These forms should be scanned and emailed to SEEC.eCris.Info@ct.gov or faxed to 860-622-4926.

  • After the convention, caucus or town committee meeting is held for the purpose of endorsing candidates, persons making or obligating to make independent expenditures for statewide or General Assembly candidates that in the aggregate exceed $1,000 must file reports within 24 hours of making or obligating to make the expenditure. 

  • Outside the 24 hour reporting period (which begins the day following the day that the convention is held), the periodic reporting requirements  apply.  For persons spending only on referenda or municipal or judge of probate races there are no 24 hour reporting period requirements and the periodic reporting requirements  apply as well. 

{Press Releases Archives} Groups soliciting and receiving contributions for Connecticut elections and making contributions directly to such candidates and committees, or making expenditures coordinated with candidates and committees should form a Traditional Political Committee.
  • Register using SEEC Form 3.  Newly registered political committees are also required to file a disclosure statement with their registration statement disclosing the receipt of their first contribution or disbursement.  If they have not received their first contribution or disbursement at the time of registration, then they must file a disclosure statement within 48 hours of receiving it.

  • File campaign finance reports using SEEC Form 20 or if you have not spent or received more than $1,000, you can file SEEC Form 21. These forms may be filed using eCRIS.

  • During a primary campaign or general election campaign period, committees spending on statewide or General Assembly candidates that in the aggregate exceed $1,000 must file reports within 24 hours of making or obligating to make the expenditure.  Generally speaking, the 24-hour reporting period begins the day after the convention, caucus or town committee meeting is held for the purpose of endorsing those candidates.

  • Outside the 24 hour reporting period (which begins the day following the day that the convention is held), the periodic reporting requirements apply.  For persons spending only on referenda or municipal or judge of probate races there are no 24 hour reporting period requirements and the periodic reporting requirements apply as well. 


Additional Guidance recently issued by the Commission:


How Do I Find Independent Expenditure Reports? 




Attribution Requirements for Independent Expenditures
  • For any written, typed or other printed communication, including on a billboard, or any web-based, written communication:

    • "Paid for by" and the name of person making the independent expenditure
    • "This message was made independent of any candidate or political party."
    • IF during the ninety-day period prior to the primary or election for which the independent expenditure is made, THEN you must also list the names of the five persons who made the five largest aggregate covered transfers aggregating more than $5,000 to the person making such communication during the twelve-month period immediately prior to such primary or election, as applicable.**
    • Statement that “Additional information about [the person making such communication] may be found on the State Elections Enforcement Commission's Internet web site."

  • For any video broadcast by television, satellite or Internet, the end of the ad must have for a period of four seconds or more, an audio message and written message stating:
    • "This message was paid for by [name of person making independent expenditure] and was made independent of any candidate or political party."
    • IF during the ninety-day period prior to the primary or election for which the independent expenditure is made, THEN you must also list the names of the five persons who made the five largest aggregate covered transfers aggregating more than $5,000 to the person making such communication during the twelve-month period immediately prior to such primary or election, as applicable.**
    • Statement that “Additional information about [the person making such communication] may be found on the State Elections Enforcement Commission's Internet web site."

  • For any audio communication broadcast by radio, satellite or Internet, in addition to the written message above, the end of the ad must have an audio message by the person's agent stating:
    • "I am . . . . (name of the person's agent), . . . . ( agents title), of . . . . (name of group/entity/person making expenditure). This message was made independent of any candidate or political party."
    • IF during the ninety-day period prior to the primary or election for which the independent expenditure is made, THEN you must also list the names of the five persons who made the five largest aggregate covered transfers aggregating more than $5,000 to the person making such communication during the twelve-month period immediately prior to such primary or election, as applicable.**
    • Statement that “Additional information about [the person making such communication] may be found on the State Elections Enforcement Commission's Internet web site."
**  Nesting Dolls provisions  may also apply if a listed top five donor is not a human being.






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