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Q: What is a “last minute” contribution?

A: $1,500 or more, in the aggregate, contributed or received during specific time periods: 7 days before the primary election or the 21 days before the general election.

Q: When do I report last minute contributions?

A: Contributors – political committees, lobbyists, and lobbyist employers registered with the Public Disclosure Commission –report within 24 hours of making a contribution.
    Recipients report within 48 hours of receiving the contribution.
    Reports must be delivered to the PDC within these time frames.

Q: Do I have to file last minute contribution reports on weekends?

A: You can, but it is not required. If filing deadlines fall on weekends or holidays when the PDC office is closed, the report is due on the following business day.

Q: I received in the mail a contribution from a political committee. It was mailed/postmarked the day before the primary. It was delivered to me the day after the primary.
    Should I file a last minute contribution report?

A: No, since you didn’t receive the contribution during the seven days before the primary. The political committee that made the contribution does file a last minute contribution report.

Q: I was a lobbyist employer just during the legislative session. Will I have to file last minute contribution reports?

A: No, so long as the lobbyist you employed properly terminated your registration.

Q: Do I have to count the contributions given to me before the specific time periods start when totaling someone’s contributions?

A: No – only the contributions given during the 7-day or 21-day windows should be included when calculating the $1,500 aggregate.

Q: Do I include both monetary and in-kind contributions when reporting last minute contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: Do I report last minute contributions on my usual campaign reports?

A: Yes, these contributions should be disclosed on contribution and expenditure reports.

Q: I received $1,500 today and will include in on a C-3 that will be filed tomorrow. Do I have to file a last minute contribution report too?

A: No. When the timing works out so that a last minute contribution can be disclosed on a C-3 or C-4 that is received by the PDC within the 24- or 48-hour filing deadline,
    filing just those reports is sufficient.

Q: Do I have to deposit the contribution before I file a last minute contribution report?

A: No.

Q: Should I keep copies of last minute contribution reports with my campaign books?

A: Yes.

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LMC Tips Fill in the form as directed.
(1) Identify the reporting entity.
(2) Select "Received" or "Made".
(3) Describe the contribution if it is an in-kind contribution.
(4) Sender's information is required.
(5) For the names fields, the application suggests options based on the data available in the PDC system. The user can also type in the data if no suggestions are available.

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