Expenditures


Expenditures made or incurred during the period before a primary campaign or general election campaign (the “pre-primary/pre-general election period”) are limited to the required amount of qualifying contributions, plus any allowable personal funds the candidate provides to the candidate committee. This period ends with the commencement of the primary campaign period or the general election campaign period, as discussed below.

For candidates for statewide office or the district office of State Senator or State Representative, the primary campaign period begins the day after the close of the state or district convention held to endorse such candidate. For candidates for the municipal office of State Senator or State Representative, the primary campaign period begins the day after the close of the caucus, convention, or town committee meeting held to endorse such candidate. The primary campaign period ends on the day of the primary election.
The primary campaign period limit is calculated by adding the amount of the primary grant, and any unspent qualifying contributions or unspent personal funds provided by the candidate.

If a primary is held, the general election campaign period for the candidate nominated at the primary begins the day after the primary. If there is no primary, the general election campaign period begins the day after the candidate is nominated. The general election campaign period ends the day the campaign treasurer files the final required campaign finance disclosure statement.

The general election campaign period limit is calculated by adding the amount of the general election grant, and any unspent qualifying contributions or unspent personal funds provided by the candidate.

 

   Expenditure Limits During "Pre-Primary/Pre-General Election Period"
Office Sought Qualifying Amount Maximum Allowable Amount of
Candidate's Personal Funds
Maximum Expenditures During Period
State Senator $16,000 $2,000 $16,000 - $18,000
State Representative $5,300 $1,000 $5,300 - $6,300
   Permissible Expenditures

Clean elections funds may be used only for campaign-related expenditures made to advance the participating candidate’s campaign.
Campaigns must maintain detailed documentation indicating that campaign expenditures were made to directly further the participating candidate’s race. Such documentation should be created at the time of the transaction.
Campaign records are subject to comprehensive examinations to ensure compliance with Program requirements.
Expenditures without adequate supporting documentation are considered impermissible under the Program regulations.

Permissible Expenditures for participating candidates include, but are not limited, to:

  • Political campaign advertising expenses, such as adequately documented advertisements in any communication medium; production or postage costs related to customary campaign items, such as flyers, signs, stickers, t-shirts, hats, and buttons;
  • Campaign promotional events, including expenditures for food, space rental, staff and entertainment at such events;
  • Polling or get-out-the-vote activities in furtherance of the participating candidate’s campaign;
  • Food and beverages for campaign workers not to exceed $15 per person for breakfast, $20 per person for lunch, or $30 per person for dinner;
  • Salaries for campaign staff or consultants, provided a written agreement is signed before the performance of any work or services, and contemporaneous detailed records are kept documenting the work performed or services rendered (for example, timesheets, work logs, invoices, etc.);
  • Campaign office expenses, including office rent (with a written lease) and office supplies, equipment, and furniture;
  • Limited post-election expenses, such as costs of photocopies associated with compliance with the Commission’s post-election review of the participating candidate’s campaign.

Examples of Impermissible Expenditures include:

  • Spending for the personal use of any candidate or individual;
  • Payments to the candidate or candidate’s family members or the businesses of the participating candidate or any of the candidate’s family members;
  • Contributions, loans or expenditures to other candidates or committees;
  • Payments above fair market value for goods or services received; and
  • Expenditures lacking sufficient contemporaneous documentation.
    For additional guidance, please see the Commission’s Citizens’ Election Program Regulations, which can be found on the Commission’s website portal.ct.gov/seec.

Useful Links

Rick Gebo - Elections Officer

Assigned Districts: Senate 1 -19; All Judge of Probate

public.finance@ct.gov
860-256-2985

Sheri-Lyn Lagueux - Elections Officer

Assigned Districts: Senate 20-36; House 76-151

public.finance@ct.gov
860-256-2985

Mark Severance - Elections Officer

Assigned Districts: House 1-75

public.finance@ct.gov
860-256-2985

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