is a summary of the many regulations, procedures, and guidelines
which govern the registration and reporting requirements of
candidates, political committees, public officials, and lobbyists
in the District of Columbia. All registration and reporting
requirements have been identified. The Office of Campaign Finance
provides detailed information kits for each interest group,
that contain the necessary forms and specific regulations and
procedures for correct filing and registration.
We hope this Guide will be informative and provide the guidance
needed for access to the financial accountability and disclosure
process in the District of Columbia. For more detailed information
and analysis, you should contact the Office of Campaign Finance.
The Office of Campaign Finance phone numbers are 671-0550 or
671-0547. You may visit us at our website at www.ocf.dc.gov.
The DC Campaign Finance Reform and Conflict of Interest Act
of 1974, as amended, DC Official Code, Sections 1-1101.01 et
seq., 88 Stat. 447, Public Law 93-376, (hereinafter the “Campaign
Finance Act”) was enacted by Congress on August 14, 1974,
to provide a means of monitoring and enforcing campaign finance
and the financial disclosures of local elected officials, candidates,
political committees, and lobbyists in the District of Columbia.
The primary goal of this legislation is to require that local
candidates seeking election, lobbyists, public officials and
treasurers of political committees, citizen-service programs
and statehood fund programs make complete and full disclosures.
Various provisions of the Campaign Finance Act are clarified
by regulations promulgated by the Office of Campaign Finance
(OCF) with the approval of the Board of Elections and Ethics.
OCF regulations are cited under Chapters 30 through 37 of Title
III, “Elections and Ethics”, of the DC Municipal
the Office of Campaign Finance
DC Office of Campaign Finance is established within the DC Board
of Elections and Ethics to administer and enforce District laws
pertaining to Campaign Finance, Lobbying, Conflict of Interest
and Financial Disclosure of Public Officials.
objective of the OCF is to obtain voluntary compliance with
the Campaign Finance Act. To achieve this goal, the Office has
several major priorities which include providing an aggressive
public information and education service for persons subject
to the Act, thereby increasing OCF’s public disclosure
capabilities. The Director of Campaign Finance is committed
to an aggressive outreach program to educate, and to provide
information to candidates, committees, lobbyists, financial
disclosure filers, and the public.
of Campaign Finance is organized into three major divisions
which operate under the direction of the Office of the Director:
the Public Information and Records Management Division (PIRM);
the Reports Analysis and Audit Division (RAAD); and the Office
of the General Counsel (OGC). Each OCF component is organized
to support, service, and develop an effective financial reporting
and disclosure program for the District of Columbia.
the DC Board of Elections & Ethics
The DC Board of Elections & Ethics (BOEE) is the independent
agency of the District Government responsible for the administration
of elections, ballot access and voter registration in the District
of Columbia. The BOEE consists of three active Board members,
an Executive Director, a General Counsel and a number of support
staff who run the day-to-day operations of the Agency.
Online Filing of Reports
of Campaign Finance has developed a web-based Online Filing
System for use by constituents and the public. This system supports
the filing of required financial reports by candidates and political
committees, lobbyists, disclosure of personal interests of public
officials, citizen-service programs, and Senator and Representative
Reports available for online filing:
of Receipts and Expenditures (Candidates & Political Committees)
of Receipts and Expenditures for Citizen-Service Programs