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A "Political Issues committee" is an entity, or any group of individuals or entities within or outside this state, a major purpose of which is to:
- Solicit or receive contributions from any other person, group, or entity for to assist in placing a ballot proposition on the ballot, assist in keeping a ballot proposition of the ballot, or to advance that a voter refrain from voting or vote for or vote against a ballot proposition.
Any political issues committee that makes expenditures totaling at least $50 or receives contributions of at least $750 in a calendar year is required to file a financial disclosure report with the Lt. Governor's Office. A political issues committee is required to file all subsequent reports if it makes any expenditures or receives any contributions within the calendar year.
A political issues committee does not need to file a report if it received no contributions and made no expenditures during the reporting period. There are no laws that restrict the amount of money political issues committees can spend or receive in Utah.
All PICs need to report each contribution within 30 days of the contribution being received.
Financial Disclosure Report Deadlines
|Due Date||What the Report Covers|
|Within 30 days of receiving contribution
||All contributions must be reported within 30 days of receipt
|7 days before the regular primary election in even- numbered year||Contributions and expenditures from January 1 to 12 days before the primary election and any previously unreported items.|
|August 31 of each year||Contributions and expenditures from 12 days before the primary election to August 26 of that year.|
|7 days before the regular or municipal general election||Contributions and expenditures from August 26 to 12 days before the general election.|
|January 10 of each year||Contributions and expenditures from 12 days before the general election until December 31 in even years, August 26 in odd years.|
|January 10 of each year||An updated Statement of Organization.|
In addition to the above reporting requirements, PICs may also be responsible for reporting in the following situations:
Initiatives or Referendum
- 3 days before first public hearing (initiatives only)
- If the PIC received or expended funds in relation to an initiative or referendum, they must file a financial disclosure at the time the initiative or referendum sponsors submit the verified and certified initiative packets (as required by 20A-7-206) or the signed and verified referendum packets (as required by 20A-7-306).
Information PICs Must Report (Utah Code 20A-11-802)
In addition to the date and amount of the contribution, political issues committees are required to disclose the following information for those individuals or groups who make contributions to the PIC:
- The name and address of any individual;
- The identification of any publicly identified class of individuals that makes a contribution;
- The name and address of any political issues committee, group, or entity.
- Contributions received by a political issues committee that have a value of $50 or less need not be reported individually, but may be listed on the report as an aggregate. However, two or more contributions from the same source that have an aggregate total of more than $50 may not be reported in the aggregate, but shall be reported separately.
When a political issues committee makes expenditures, it is required to disclose the date and amount of the expenditure and the name and address for each individual or entity that receives more than $50.
The following are considered political issues expenditures for reporting purposes:
- a payment from political issues contributions that is made to influence the approval or defeat of a statewide or local ballot proposition;
- a purchase, payment, distribution, loan, advance, deposit, or gift of money made to influence the approval or defeat of a statewide or local ballot proposition;
- an express, legally enforceable contract, promise, or agreement to make any expenditure;
- compensation paid by the reporting entity for personal services rendered by an individual without charge to a PIC; or
- goods or services provided to or for the benefit of another reporting entity at less than fair market value.
Non-monetary Contributions or Expenditures (In-kind contributions & expenditures)
The political issues committee must report the fair market value of each non-monetary contribution or expenditure that it receives or makes.
Any political issues committee that fails to file its financial disclosure reports may be guilty of a class B misdemeanor and may be subject to a fine of $100. The Lt. Governor is required to report those who fail to file to the Attorney General.