New! E-Filing System Coming Soon!

Beginning in July 2020, the City Clerk's Office will be launching a new electronic filing system for candidates and political action committees to file their campaign finance reports online. The new system will allow filers to file their reports from any location at their convenience and will eliminate the need for submitting a separate data file. The City Clerk's Office will be hosting trainings regarding the new system in Summer of 2020. For more information, please view the City Clerk’s memo about the E-Filing System.

New! Campaign Finance Contact Form

In order to file electronically and obtain a E-Filing account and password, candidates and political action committees will need to submit the following two forms to the City Clerk’s Office:

The CTA form will still be required to be submitted in hard-copy to the City Clerk’s Office. The CTA form can be accessed by the following link. The  Campaign Finance Contact Form can be filled out and submitted online by the following link. The City Clerk’s Office will begin accepting Campaign Finance Contact Forms now and filers will receive access to the E-Filing System this summer.

Filing Requirements

Per the State Election Code, Section 254.063 and 254.093, Semiannual Reporting Schedule for Candidate/Officeholder, contribution and expenditure reports are due with the Office of the City Clerk (OCC) by 5 p.m., on their respective due date.

City Code Section §2-2 contains financial documents reporting requirements. Supplemental forms (ATX Forms), associated with the contribution and expenditure reports may need to be attached to state financial forms. Such forms must be filed within the deadlines specified in the cited City Code.

Submitting Campaign Finance Data

Filers who are obligated to file a campaign finance report are also required to submit a structured data file containing the contents of the campaign finance report. The data file template as developed by the City Clerk, in addition to a specifications guide and Excel How-To, are linked below.

Candidate and Officeholder Data File Templates

(The campaign finance data file will no longer be a requirement in July 2020 when filers will use the E-Filing System to submit their campaign finance reports.)

Political Committee Data File Templates

ATX Forms

In addition to the State Requirements, candidates, officeholders, and PAC's may also be required to file various City of Austin forms (ATX forms) documenting campaign finance information.

Trouble downloading an ATX form? Watch this video.

Please Note: the ATX forms are available as fillable PDF forms and may not open correctly in your browser.  To fill out the form, please right-click the link and select “Save Link as…” to download the file directly to your computer.

Pre-Election Reports (ATX 7)

Trouble downloading an ATX form? Watch this video.

The reporting period for filing an ATX 7: Pre-Election Report begins the 9th day before the date of an election and ends at 5 p.m. on the day before the date of an election.

Please Note: the ATX forms are available as fillable PDF forms and may not open correctly in your browser.  To fill out the form, please right-click the link and select “Save Link as…” to download the file directly to your computer.  These forms are compatible with Adobe Reader (version 8 or higher) and Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Campaign Finance Data Portal and Data Search

In an effort to promote transparency in campaign finance, the City of Austin maintains a database providing public access to all contributions and expenditures reported to the Office of the City Clerk by a candidate, officeholder, or political committee. The database is searchable and also available to view and download from the City of Austin's data portal. To view all active datasets and a complete field listing, please click here.

For more information on how to submit your campaign finance reporting requirements with the City of Austin, please view this instructional video.

For specific reporting requirements and filing deadlines, you can contact the Texas Ethics Commission at 512-463-5800 or the Office of the City Clerk at 512-974-2210.