North Carolina Special Election Reporting: 12th District
North Carolina will hold Special Primary and General elections to fill the U.S. House seat in the 12th Congressional District vacated by Congressman Melvin Watt. The Special Primary Election will be held on May 6, 2014, and the Special General Election will be held November 4, 2014. Under North Carolina law, in the event that the top vote-getter does not receive over 40% of the votes cast in his/her party’s Special Primary Election, the top two vote-getters of that party will participate in a Special Runoff Election held on July 15, 2014.
Candidate committees involved in these elections must follow the reporting schedule posted at http://www.fec.gov/pages/report_notices/2014/nc12.shtml. That schedule also applies to PACs and party committees that participate in the elections and file on a quarterly basis in 2014. PACs and party committees that file monthly should continue to file according to their regular filing schedule.
Timely Filing for Paper Filers
Registered and Certified Mail. Pre-election reports sent by registered or certified mail must be postmarked on or before the mailing deadline to be considered timely filed; other reports must be postmarked by the filing deadline. A committee sending its reports by certified mail should keep its certified mailing receipt with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) postmark as proof of filing because the USPS does not keep complete records of items sent by certified mail. A committee sending its report by registered mail should keep its proof of mailing. Note that a certificate of mailing from the USPS is not sufficient to prove that a report is timely filed using registered, certified or overnight mail. 2 U.S.C. §434(a)(5) and 11 CFR 100.19 and 104.5(e) and (i).
Overnight Mail. Reports filed via overnight mail [fn1] will be considered timely filed if the report is received by the delivery service on or before the mailing/filing deadline, as appropriate. A committee sending its reports by Express or Priority Mail, or by an overnight delivery service, should keep its proof of mailing or other means of transmittal of its reports. 2 U.S.C. §434(a)(5) and 11 CFR 100.19 and 104.5(e).
Other Means of Filing. Reports sent by other means—including first class mail and courier—must be received by the FEC before the Commission’s close of business on the last business day before the filing deadline. 11 CFR 100.19 and 104.5(e).
Forms are available for downloading and printing at the FEC’s website (http://www.fec.gov/info/forms.shtml) and from FEC Faxline, the agency’s automated fax system (202/501-3413).
48-Hour Contribution Notices
24- and 48-Hour Reports of Independent Expenditures
Disclosure of Lobbyist Bundling Activity
The lobbyist bundling disclosure threshold for calendar year 2013 was $17,100. This threshold amount may increase in 2014 based upon the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA). As soon as the adjusted threshold amount is available, the Commission will publish it in the Federal Register and post it on its website. For more information on these requirements, see the March 2009 Record. See 11 CFR 110.17(e)(2).
1 “Overnight mail” includes Priority or Express Mail having a delivery confirmation, or an overnight service with which the report is scheduled for next business day delivery and is recorded in the service’s on-line tracking system.
(Posted 01/22/2014; By: Katherine Carothers)
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