Before making any expenditures or accepting any contributions you must register or, if you are a candidate, file a letter of intent. These documents indicate that you are either planning to participate in the election or thinking about running in the election. Letters of intent and registrations are filed with APOC. If you wish to place your name on the ballot, you must submit a Declaration of Candidacy to the Division of Elections along with a completed Public Official Financial Disclosure form. Please see AS 15.13.050.
A candidate can solicit and accept contributions after they file a letter of intent or registration. (See regulations 2 AAC 50.274 and 2 AAC 50.282) However, if the candidate is a sitting legislator, they may not accept or solicit contributions during the legislative session. There are special exceptions for special sessions close to the election. Please see AS 15.13.072(d).
If the required campaign disclosure reports and registration statement are not filed on time, Commission staff will assess a civil penalty based on the number of days a report is late and how close it is to the election. See Fines and Complaints.
All campaign contributions and expenditures are reported. The exact reporting requirements vary depending on whether you are a candidate, a group, or a person making an independent expenditure. Details about what must be reported are provided in AS 15.13.040 and AS 15.13.110. Candidate information is under subsection (a), group information is under subsection (b), and independent expenditures under (d) and (e). We offer regular training sessions to help you learn about reporting. Please contact our office if you are interested in participating.
With a few exceptions, campaign contributions held by a candidate or group may be used only to pay expenses of the candidate or group, and the campaign expenses incurred by the candidate or group, that reasonably relate to election campaign activities. Please see AS 15.13.112(b) for the limitations and subsection (c) for specific additional uses.
On private property with the approval of the owner.