Frequently Asked Questions


  • What does C&E stand for?
 C&E is an acronym for Contributions & Expenses.
 
  • What does FDS stand for?
 FDS is an acronym for Financial Disclosure Statement.
 
  • When will my online report be available to the public?  Is my report available to the public before I submit it?
Your Contributions & Expenses reports and Financial Disclosure Statements are viewable to no one except you the user that created the report up until the point when it is officially submitted in which case it is then made available to the Secretary of State Elections department and the general public.
 
  • I have made a contribution to a political candidate.  Would I declare this as a contribution or an expense on my C&E Report?
A contribution to a candidate is actually an expense, not a contribution, on the C&E report filed by the entity that gave the contribution.  The candidate who received the contribution would report this as a contribution on their C&E report.
 
  • How are my contributions and expenses added up on my C&E report summary page?  I'm seeing items under $100 added into my OVER $100 line.
Contributions are joined together by a single common contributor or by a single payee for expenses within that report period when determining if that contribution or expense should be included in the total summation on a summary line above (or below) the report monetary threshold (typically $100 but $1000 in some reports).  This is done even across contribution or expense types (e.g. monetary vs. in kind).  For example, you report contributor XYZ gave a $55 monetary contribution and $60 written commitment within your CE Period #1 report.  Because they came from the same contributor and the total contribution exceeds $100, for that reporting period, the $55 would be included in the "Total Monetary Contributions Received in Excess of $100" summary line and the $60 would be included in the "Total Amount of Written Commitments for Contributions in Excess of $100".  Both line items must be itemized and displayed in your final submitted report.  Had the $60 commitment not been made, the $55 monetary contribution would be included only within the "Total Amount of all Contributions of $100 or Less" summary line and upon submission of your report, you will be given the option to have this contribution displayed within your itemized section of your report or not.
 
  • Can I edit a C&E\FDS report after I have submitted it?
No.  Once a report is submitted, it is to be forever preserved in its submitted state.  You can however create and submit an amended report.
 
  • What consists of an amended report?  Does it just include the changes to the original report or is this to be a comprehensive replacement of the original report?
An amended report is to be a fully comprehensive replacement of the original report.  In the case of a Contributions & Expenses report, the amended report should contain all contributions and expenses for that entire report period.  For Financial Disclosure Statements, the amended report would list all office terms, monetary assets, etc. for that filing period.  If the original report was filed online through this application you can easily import these items into your amended online report during the creation process.
 
  • Does an amended report replace the original report?  Is the original report still visible to the public?
While the amended report technically supersedes the original report being amended and serves as the official declaration for that reporting period, the original report is still visible to the public as this document is public record.
 
  • Can I represent and file on behalf of multiple political entities (candidates, PACs, political groups, etc.)?
The current system allows you to assign your login account to only one political entity.  To represent and file reports for multiple entities you would need a separate login account for each entity.
 
  • Who is a “public officer” and what is a “public office?”
NRS 281A.160 provides that a:

“Public officer” is a person elected or appointed to a position established by the constitution of the State of Nevada, a statute of this state or an ordinance of any of its counties or incorporated cities and which involves the exercise of a public power, trust or duty.  Public power, trust or duty” means: (a) actions taken in an official capacity that involve a substantial and material exercise of administrative discretion in the formulation of public policy; (b) the expenditure of public money; and (c) the enforcement of laws and rules of the state, a county or a city.  “Public officer” does not include: (a) any justice, judge or other officer of the court system; (b) any member of a board, commission or other body whose function is advisory; (c) any member of a board of trustees for a general improvement district or special district whose official duties do not include the formulation of a budget for the district or the authorization of the expenditure of the district’s money; or (d) a county health officer appointed pursuant to NRS 439.290.

“Public office” does not include an office held by: (a) any justice, judge or other officer of the court system; (b) any member of a board, commission or other body whose function is advisory; (c) any member of a board of trustees for a general improvement district or special district whose official duties do not include the formulation of a budget for the district or the authorization of the expenditure of the district’s money; or (d) a county health officer appointed pursuant to NRAS 439.290.
 
  • What is the civil penalty for late or non-filed Contributions & Expenses Reports?
NRS 294A.420 provides that the penalties per report are as follows:

1-7 days late: $25 per day
8-15 days late: $50 per day
16-59 days late: $100 per day
60+ days late (or not filed): $5,000
 
  • If I serve in more than one public office, must I file multiple Contributions & Expenses Reports?
No.  A candidate or public official is to file one C&E Report to satisfy the filing requirements of NRS 294A.  Choose one office to be listed on the form, include all contributions and expenses for the offices, and file the report electronically with the Secretary of State.
 
  • What is the civil penalty for willfully failing to timely file a Financial Disclosure Statement?
NRS 281.581 provides the penalties are as follows:

1-10 days late: $25.00
11-20 days late: $50.00
21-30 days late: $100.00
31-45 days late: $250.00
46+days late (or not filed): $2,000.00
 
  • If I serve in more than one public office, must I file multiple Financial Disclosure Statements?
No.  A public officer may use one Financial Disclosure Statement to satisfy the filing requirements of NRS 281A.600 and/or NRS 281A.610.  Merely list all elected and appointed offices held on the form, and file electronically with the Secretary of State.
 
  • What is the definition of “member of his household” for purposes of the Financial Disclosure Statement?
NRS 281A.620(3)(b) provides that a “member of his household” includes:

(a) The spouse of a candidate for public office or public officer;
(b) A person who does not live in the same home or dwelling but who is dependent on and receiving substantial support from the candidate for public office or public officer; and
(c) A person who lived in the home or dwelling of the candidate for public office or public officer for 6 months or more in the year immediately preceding the year in which the candidate or public officer files the financial disclosure statement.
 
  • What is the meaning of “entitled to receive annual compensation?”
NAC 281A.610 provides that “entitled to receive annual compensation” means entitled to receive any remuneration, not including any reimbursement for lodging, meals or travel, or any combination thereof, which a public officer has a right to receive for serving in the office in question.

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