Program Requirements



   Affidavit of Intent to Abide or Affidavit of Intent Not to Abide

All General Assembly candidates are required to file an affidavit with the Commission, with the exception of candidates who have filed a 1B exemption from forming a candidate committee – they are presumed to be nonparticipating and are not required to file either form. Candidates who elect to participate in the Program (“participating candidates”) must complete the Affidavit of Intent to Abide by Expenditure Limits and Other Program Requirements (SEEC Form CEP 10). Candidates who elect not to participate in the Program (“nonparticipating candidates”) must complete the Affidavit of Intent Not to Abide by Expenditure Limits (SEEC Form CEP 11).

Important Note: A candidate who changes his or her party status after filing an Affidavit of Intent to Abide by Expenditure Limits and Other Program Requirements (SEEC Form CEP 10) because they achieve ballot access by becoming a candidate for a different party than that listed on the original SEEC Form CEP 10 or by petitioning onto the general election ballot will not be eligible to apply for a Program grant. It is therefore strongly recommended that candidates file the SEEC Form CEP 10 after they have achieved ballot status.

The deadline to opt in or out of the Program depends on whether or not a candidate is in a primary. A candidate in a primary who does not join the Progra

Election Cycle Filing Deadline for Affidavit
Primary July 17, 2020 4:00 PM
General Election September 24, 2020 4:00 PM
   Qualifying Threshold -Demonstrating Public Support

To qualify for clean elections financing, candidates must demonstrate they have adequate support from the public. Candidates accomplish this by meeting a three-part “threshold”:

Candidates must raise an aggregate amount of small-dollar monetary contributions from individuals (“qualifying contributions”) between $5 and $270. The threshold amount varies based on the office sought, as set forth in the next chart;

Candidates must receive such contributions from a certain number of individuals residing in the district (“in-district contributions”). The threshold number of such individual contributors varies based on the office sought, as set forth in the next chart; and

Candidates must obtain access to the ballot, as discussed below. The method of ballot access is part of the process to measure public support and therefore determines the grant amount of a qualified candidate committee.

   Qualifying Contributions

Qualifying contributions are small-dollar monetary contributions from individuals. In-kind contributions, personal funds and loans do not count as qualifying contributions. All qualifying contributions must be fully disclosed and adequately documented. Principals of current and prospective state contractors, as well as minors under the age of 12, may not make qualifying contributions. Coordinating expenditures with committees or people who are not permissible donors may disqualify a committee from participation in the Program or cause a grant to need to be returned.

During the 2017 special session, the legislature modified the qualifying threshold amounts for state senate and state representative campaigns insofar as the amounts are now adjusted according to the consumer price index (“CPI”), rounded to the nearest $100 increment, using 2017 as the base year. During that session, the legislature also modified the qualifying contribution maximum amount of $250 to also be adjusted according to the CPI, rounded to the nearest $10 increment, using 2017 as the base year. These amounts are reflected in the charts that follow.


Qualification Thresholds for General Assembly Offices

Office Sought Aggregate Contribution Requirement-Individuals Only Minimum Individual Resident Contributions Contribution Limits
State Senator $16,000 300 residents of municipalities included, in whole or in part, in the district $5 to $270
State Representative $5,300 150 residents of municipalities included, in whole or in part, in the district $5 to $270
Important Note: The thresholds listed above are the bare minimum with which committees may apply. All committees are strongly urged to apply only with an adequate buffer amount to ensure that they are not subject to multiple continuances before grant monies can be released.
   Candidate's Personal Funds

The Program permits participating candidates to provide a limited amount of personal funds to their campaigns. Candidates may only provide such personal funds to their campaigns before applying for an initial grant. The grant will be reduced by the amount of any allowable personal funds provided. Personal funds do not constitute qualifying contributions.


Office Sought Maximum Allowable Personal Funds
State Senator $2,000
State Representative $1,000
   Loans to the Candidate Committee

The Program expressly limits the aggregate amount and permissible sources of any loans provided to the candidate committees of candidates intending to participate in the Program. Only financial institutions may provide loans, valued up to an aggregate of $1,000. The $1,000 loan limit applies to candidate committees of candidates seeking any office covered by the Program. Program requirements further provide that any such borrowed funds do not constitute qualifying contributions. The candidate committee of a participating candidate must repay all outstanding loans before applying for a grant from the Citizens’ Election Fund.

No person, political committee, or party committee can endorse or guarantee a loan or aggregate loans exceeding $500, except the candidate. In a general election, a state central committee may endorse or guarantee a loan or aggregate loans from financial institutions up to $1,000.

   Ballot Requirement

As noted earlier, in addition to raising the required amount of qualifying contributions, candidates must also qualify for the ballot to be eligible to receive public funds. This ballot requirement applies in any primary, election or special election. The Office of the Secretary of the State administers the ballot qualification process. For more information, contact the Secretary of the State, Legislative and Election Administration Division at at 860-509-6100 (or toll-free at 800-540-3764).




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

CANDIDATE SERVICES

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Help Desk: (860) 256-2985


COMPLIANCE

seec.compliance@ct.gov
Help Desk: (860) 256-2925