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Campaign Finance Guide
Section 7: Initiative, Referendum, Recall and Proposed Charter Amendment Committees

What are Initiative, Referendum, Recall and Proposed Charter Amendment Committees?
(DC Official Code § 1-1101.01(5))

Initiative, Referendum, Recall and Proposed Charter Amendment Committees are committees organized for the purpose of, or engaged in, promoting or opposing initiative, referendum or recall measures or proposed charter amendments for ballot placement.

Registration and Reporting Requirements
(DC Official Code § 1-1102.06)

The proposer of an initiative or referendum measure or any political committee organized in support of a measure is required to file a Verified Statement of Contributions with the Office of Campaign Finance on or before the submission of the measure for filing. The Verified Statement of Contributions consists of the Statement of Organization and an initial Report of Receipts and Expenditures. The Board of Elections and Ethics (BOEE) must reject any proposed initiative or referendum measure for filing if the Statement of Organization and Report of Receipts and Expenditures have not been filed with the Office of Campaign Finance. The proposer of a recall measure must file a Verified Statement of Contributions with the Office of Campaign Finance prior to the submission of a petition supporting the measure for filing.

Each committee supporting or opposing an initiative, referendum, recall or proposed charter amendment must file a Report of Receipts and Expenditures during the consideration of the respective measure for ballot placement for any one election.

Filing Deadlines
(DC Official Code § 1-1102.06(d))

Each committee supporting an initiative, referendum, recall or proposed charter amendment must file the initial Report of Receipts and Expenditures on or before the commencement of the process to qualify the measure for ballot placement. In the case of an opponent, the first Report of Receipts and Expenditures must be filed ten (10) days after making an expenditure or accepting a contribution in opposition to the measure. Thereafter, each committee supporting or opposing an initiative, referendum, recall or proposed charter amendment measure must file Reports of Receipts and Expenditures as follows: the tenth (10th) day of the fourth (4th) month preceding the election; on the tenth (10th) day of the second (2nd) month preceding the election; and eight (8) days prior to the election.

Initiative, referendum and recall committees must continue to file Reports of Receipts and Expenditures following the election, on January 31st and July 31st of each year until all debts are satisfied.

Things to Remember

  • A Verified Statement of Contributions must be filed with the Office of Campaign Finance by the proposer or any political committee organized in support of an initiative or referendum measure on or before submission of the measure for filing.
  • A Verified Statement of Contributions for a recall measure must be filed prior to the submission of a petition supporting the measure for filing.
  • Reports of Receipts and Expenditures must be filed periodically during the consideration of a measure for ballot placement for any one election.
  • Filing of Reports of Receipts and Expenditures continues until all outstanding debts are satisfied.