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In accordance with state law, it is the responsibility of the election/party official to inform every candidate of the electronic filing requirement for the Statement of Economic Interests form and for the Campaign Disclosure form. Please notify each candidate that if the Campaign Disclosure form is not electronically filed within five (5) days of the established deadline, an initial fine of $100 is required.  After notice has been given by certified mail that the form has not been filed, the fine increases at $10 per day for the first ten (10) days, and $100 per day for each additional day the form is not filed.

The following documents are provided:   Candidate Roster, Successful Candidate Roster and Notice to All Candidates.   Information is provided regarding the Statement of Economic Interests form and Candidate Campaign Disclosure Form; however, those forms must be filed electronically. 

Statement of Economic Interests Form   All Statement of Economic Interests Forms must be filed electronically.  Electronic filing is accessed through the Quick Links above.  Upon filing, the information is immediately available to the public through public reporting, also accessed in Quick Links.  If you are filing a Statement of Economic Interests as a candidate, you must file your form using the electronic filing system. When you file a Statement of Economic Interests as a candidate depends on what type of candidate you are. The following graph is instructive:

Type of candidate or other filer

 

SEI filed when?

Candidates who file with a local or state political party

Statement of Economic Interests report is due March 30th by noon or during the 14 day filing period, if not filing in March.

Candidates who file a petition for nomination

Statement of Economic Interests report is due within 15 days of submitting the petition.

Write-In Candidates

Statement of Economic Interests report is due within 24 hours of filing an initial campaign disclosure report or before taking the oath of office, whichever event occurs earlier.

All Other Candidates

Statement of Economic Interests report must be filed before taking the oath of office. (Section 8-13-1110)

Elected, Appointed and Employee filers

The Annual Statement of Economic Interests report is due by March 30th at noon.

New or Interim Appointed and Employee filers

The Statement of Economic Interests report is due upon assuming the duties of the position.

Penalty

Failure to file timely requires the assessment of a fine pursuant to

Section 8-13-1510

 

Candidate Campaign Disclosure Form   It is the responsibility of the candidate to electronically file this form, initially, within ten days after receiving or expending their first $500, to include their own money (please note an initial report is not required after every $500 spent or received). Thereafter, quarterly reports are due within ten days following the end of each calendar quarter before and after each election, until a final report with a zero balance is filed, whether contributions have been received or expenditures made. All candidates must electronically file a Pre-election report fifteen days before each election showing contribution and expenditure activity current as of 20 days before the election. This report is electronically filed even if no funds are received and no expenditures made. A Final Report is electronically filed when the campaign account is closed (i.e., no funds are in the account and no money is due or owed). NOTE: If a pre-election report is required to be filed within thirty days of the end of the prior calendar quarter, the quarterly report and pre-election report must be combined and filed to meet the pre-election report deadline.
  

Candidates Roster  The roster is sent by the election official. The election official is no longer concerned with whether a candidate has filed a Statement of Economic Interest. Commission staff appreciates the continued sharing of this information.

Successful Candidates  -  Within a reasonable time after the election, please complete and return the report listing names of the successful candidates, unsuccessful candidates and those who were unopposed. Both the Candidates' Roster and Successful Candidates list may be faxed to (803)253-7539 or e-mailed to Karen@ethics.sc.gov.


Notice to All Candidates-   Electronic Filing is MANDATORY.

The State Ethics Commission Public Disclosure and Accountability Reporting System is the electronic filing component of campaign disclosure.  Click on Electronic Filing in the Guick Links above to access the log-in page. The User Guides for all reports are also in the Guick Links above.

Please contact this office if we can provide further assistance