Candidate Information and Filings
About Campaign Finance / Political Committees
Candidates for mayor and City Council must comply with all state campaign finance laws (A.R.S. Title 16, Chapter 6). Campaign finance laws are specific and detailed. They establish, among other things, when a candidate is required to form a political committee, how a candidate’s committee must be constituted, contribution limits, when campaign finance reports are required and their content.
Political Committee Statement of Organization
Candidates who anticipate receiving contributions or making expenditures of more than $500 in connection with the 2016 City of Safford municipal elections must designate, in writing, a political committee to serve as the candidate’s campaign committee by filing a Statement of Organization with the city clerk (filing officer). The Statement of Organization must be filed before the candidate, or candidate’s committee, accepts contributions, makes expenditures, distributes literature, or circulates petitions.
$500 Threshold Exemption Statement (A.R.S. §16-902.01)
If a political committee, including a candidate’s committee, does not anticipate spending or collecting $500 during the election period, a $500 Threshold Exemption Statement may be filed in lieu of a Statement of Organization.
No Activity Statement (A.R.S. §16-913)
If a political committee receives no contributions and makes no expenditures during a filing period, the committee treasurer or candidate may, in lieu of filing a report, sign and file a notarized No Activity Statement form for the specified reporting period.
Termination of Political Committees (A.R.S. §16-914, 915)
A political committee may terminate only when the committee chairman and treasurer file a written statement with the City Clerk certifying under penalty of perjury that (1) The committee will no longer receive any contributions or make any disbursements; (2) The committee has no outstanding debts or obligations; and (3) All surplus monies have been disposed of pursuant to section 16.915.01 together with a statement of the manner of disposition of the surplus, the name and address of each recipient of surplus monies and the date and amount of each disposition of surplus monies.