M. Douglas Wray

Longmont Elections Code

Longmont Municipal Code, from City of Longmont website.

Chapter 2.04 deals with Elections.

The text below is the complete Chapter 2.04.

2.04.204 Contributions.

A. No person shall act as a conduit for a contribution.

B. Notwithstanding any other section of this Act to the contrary, a candidate committee may receive a loan from a financial institution organized under state or federal law if the loan bears the usual and customary interest rate, is made on a basis that assures repayment, is evidenced by a written instrument, and is subject to a due date or amortization schedule.

C. All contributions received by a candidate committee, issue committee or political committee shall be deposited in a financial institution in a separate account whose title shall include the name of the committee. All records pertaining to such accounts shall be maintained by the committee for ninety days following any municipal election in which the committee received contributions unless a complaint is filed, in which case they shall be maintained until final disposition of the complaint and any consequent litigation. Such records shall be subject to inspection at any hearing held under this Act.

D. No candidate committee, political committee or issue committee shall accept a contribution, or make an expenditure, in currency or coin exceeding one hundred dollars.

E. No person shall make a contribution to a candidate committee, issue committee or political committee with the expectation that some or all of the amounts of such contribution will be reimbursed by another person. No person shall be reimbursed for a contribution made to any candidate committee, issue committee or political committee, nor shall any person make such reimbursement except as provided in subsection B of this section. (Ord. 0-2000-36 § 1 (part))

2.04.207 Disclosure.

A. All candidate committees, political committees, and issue committees shall report to the city clerk their contributions received, including the name and address of each person who has contributed twenty dollars or more; expenditures made; and obligations entered into by the committee or party.

B. 1. Such reports that are required to be filed with the city clerk shall be filed on the twenty-first day and on the Wednesday before and thirty days after the election in election years and annually in off-election years on the first day of the month in which the anniversary of the election occurs.

a. For purposes of this section, “election year” means each year in which the particular candidate committee’s candidate, or issue committee’s issue, appears on the ballot as part of a municipal election.

b. If the reporting day falls on a weekend or legal holiday, the report shall be filed by the close of the next business day.

c. The reports required by this section shall include the balance of funds at the beginning of the reporting period, the total of contributions received, the total of expenditures made during the reporting period, and the name and address of the financial institution used by the committee.

3. All reports filed with the city clerk under this subsection B shall be subject to the following:

a. The reporting period for all reports required to be filed with the city clerk shall close two calendar days before the effective day of filing.

b. The deadline for the report due on the Wednesday before the election shall be noon. The deadline for all other reports required in subsection (B)(1) of this section shall be close of business on the date due.

c. The city clerk shall, after consultation with the city attorney, cause publication on the following Saturday and Sunday, in a newspaper of general circulation within the city, a summary of each report filed the Wednesday before a polling place election or filed on the twenty-first day before a mail ballot election, and for each such report that is not timely filed, a statement identifying the respective candidate, candidate committee, political committee or issue committee and stating the fact of such failure to report.

d. The reporting period for the report due thirty calendar days after a regular municipal election shall close on the last day of the calendar month in which the election was held and shall be filed no later than the thirtieth calendar day following the election.

e. The reporting period for the report due thirty calendar days after a special municipal election shall close twenty-five calendar days after the date on which such election was held, and the report shall be filed no later than the thirtieth calendar day following such election.

C. All candidate committees, political committees and issue committees shall register with the city clerk before accepting or making any contributions. Registration shall include a statement listing:

1. The organization’s full name, spelling out any acronyms used therein;

2. A natural person authorized to act as a registered agent;

3. A street address and telephone number for the principal place of operations;

4. All affiliated candidates and committees;

5. The purpose or nature of interest of the committee or party.

D. Any political committee whose purpose is the recall of any elected official shall file a statement of organization with the city clerk within ten business days of receiving its first contribution. Reports of contributions and expenditures shall be filed with the city clerk within fifteen days of the filing of the statement of organization and every thirty days thereafter until the date of the recall election has been established and then fourteen days and seven days before the recall election and thirtydays following the recall election.

E. The city clerk shall, after consultation with the city attorney, cause publication on the following Saturday and Sunday, in a newspaper of general circulation within the city, a summary of each report filed seven days before a polling place recall election or filed fourteen days before a mail ballot recall election, and for each such report that is not timely filed, a statement identifying the respective candidate, candidate committee, political committee or issue committee and stating the fact of suchfailure to report. (Ord. 0-2000-36 § 1 (part))

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