Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 130
Campaign Finance Disclosure Law
Section 130.026

August 28, 2014


Election authority defined--appropriate officer designated for filing of reports.

130.026. 1. For the purpose of this section, the term "election authority" or "local election authority" means the county clerk, except that in a city or county having a board of election commissioners the board of election commissioners shall be the election authority. For any political subdivision or other district which is situated within the jurisdiction of more than one election authority, as defined herein, the election authority is the one in whose jurisdiction the candidate resides or, in the case of ballot measures, the one in whose jurisdiction the most populous portion of the political subdivision or district for which an election is held is situated, except that a county clerk or a county board of election commissioners shall be the election authority for all candidates for elective county offices other than county clerk and for any countywide ballot measures.

2. The appropriate officer or officers for candidates and ballot measures shall be as follows:

(1) In the case of candidates for the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, state auditor, attorney general, judges of the supreme court and appellate court judges, the appropriate officer shall be the Missouri ethics commission;

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection 1 of this section, in the case of candidates for the offices of state senator, state representative, county clerk, and associate circuit court judges and circuit court judges, the appropriate officers shall be the Missouri ethics commission and the election authority for the place of residence of the candidate;

(3) In the case of candidates for elective municipal offices in municipalities of more than one hundred thousand inhabitants and elective county offices in counties of more than one hundred thousand inhabitants, the appropriate officers shall be the Missouri ethics commission and the election authority of the municipality or county in which the candidate seeks office;

(4) In the case of all other offices, the appropriate officer shall be the election authority of the district or political subdivision for which the candidate seeks office;

(5) In the case of ballot measures, the appropriate officer or officers shall be:

(a) The Missouri ethics commission for a statewide measure;

(b) The local election authority for any political subdivision or district as determined by the provisions of subsection 1 of this section for any measure, other than a statewide measure, to be voted on in that political subdivision or district.

3. The appropriate officer or officers for candidate committees and campaign committees shall be the same as designated in subsection 2 of this section for the candidates or ballot measures supported or opposed as indicated in the statement of organization required to be filed by any such committee.

4. The appropriate officer for political party committees shall be as follows:

(1) In the case of state party committees, the appropriate officer shall be the Missouri ethics commission;

(2) In the case of any district, county or city political party committee, the appropriate officer shall be the Missouri ethics commission and the election authority for that district, county or city.

5. The appropriate officers for a political action committee and for any other committee not named in subsections 3, 4 and 5 of this section shall be as follows:

(1) The Missouri ethics commission and the election authority for the county in which the committee is domiciled; and

(2) If the committee makes or anticipates making expenditures other than direct contributions which aggregate more than five hundred dollars to support or oppose one or more candidates or ballot measures in the same political subdivision or district for which the appropriate officer is an election authority other than the one for the county in which the committee is domiciled, the appropriate officers for that committee shall include such other election authority or authorities, except that committees covered by this subsection need not file statements required by section 130.021 and reports required by subsections 6, 7 and 8 of section 130.046 with any appropriate officer other than those set forth in subdivision (1) of this subsection.

6. The term "domicile" or "domiciled" means the address of the committee listed on the statement of organization required to be filed by that committee in accordance with the provisions of section 130.021.

(L. 1978 S.B. 839, A.L. 1979 S.B. 129, A.L. 1985 H.B. 150, et al., A.L. 1990 S.B. 631, A.L. 1991 S.B. 262, A.L. 2010 S.B. 844)

*Revisor's Note: This section was declared unconstitutional in Legends Bank v. State, see annotation below.

(2012) Senate Bill 844 provision declared unconstitutional as a violation of the original purpose requirement of Art. III, Sec. 21, Constitution of Missouri. Legends Bank v. State, 361 S.W.3d 383 (Mo. banc).

Election authority defined--appropriate officer designated for filing of reports.

130.026. 1. For the purpose of this section, the term "election authority" or "local election authority" means the county clerk, except that in a city or county having a board of election commissioners the board of election commissioners shall be the election authority. For any political subdivision or other district which is situated within the jurisdiction of more than one election authority, as defined herein, the election authority is the one in whose jurisdiction the candidate resides or, in the case of ballot measures, the one in whose jurisdiction the most populous portion of the political subdivision or district for which an election is held is situated, except that a county clerk or a county board of election commissioners shall be the election authority for all candidates for elective county offices other than county clerk and for any countywide ballot measures.

2. The appropriate officer or officers for candidates and ballot measures shall be as follows:

(1) In the case of candidates for the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, state auditor, attorney general, judges of the supreme court and appellate court judges, the appropriate officer shall be the Missouri ethics commission;

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection 1 of this section, in the case of candidates for the offices of state senator, state representative, county clerk, and associate circuit court judges and circuit court judges, the appropriate officers shall be the Missouri ethics commission and the election authority for the place of residence of the candidate;

(3) In the case of candidates for elective municipal offices in municipalities of more than one hundred thousand inhabitants and elective county offices in counties of more than one hundred thousand inhabitants, the appropriate officers shall be the Missouri ethics commission and the election authority of the municipality or county in which the candidate seeks office;

(4) In the case of all other offices, the appropriate officer shall be the election authority of the district or political subdivision for which the candidate seeks office;

(5) In the case of ballot measures, the appropriate officer or officers shall be:

(a) The Missouri ethics commission for a statewide measure;

(b) The local election authority for any political subdivision or district as determined by the provisions of subsection 1 of this section for any measure, other than a statewide measure, to be voted on in that political subdivision or district.

3. The appropriate officer or officers for candidate committees and campaign committees shall be the same as designated in subsection 2 of this section for the candidates or ballot measures supported or opposed as indicated in the statement of organization required to be filed by any such committee.

4. The appropriate officer for political party committees shall be as follows:

(1) In the case of state party committees, the appropriate officer shall be the Missouri ethics commission;

(2) In the case of any district, county or city political party committee, the appropriate officer shall be the Missouri ethics commission and the election authority for that district, county or city.

5. The appropriate officers for a continuing committee and for any other committee not named in subsections 3, 4 and 5 of this section shall be as follows:

(1) The Missouri ethics commission and the election authority for the county in which the committee is domiciled; and

(2) If the committee makes or anticipates making expenditures other than direct contributions which aggregate more than five hundred dollars to support or oppose one or more candidates or ballot measures in the same political subdivision or district for which the appropriate officer is an election authority other than the one for the county in which the committee is domiciled, the appropriate officers for that committee shall include such other election authority or authorities, except that committees covered by this subsection need not file statements required by section 130.021 and reports required by subsections 6, 7 and 8 of section 130.046 with any appropriate officer other than those set forth in subdivision (1) of this subsection.

6. The term "domicile" or "domiciled" means the address of the committee listed on the statement of organization required to be filed by that committee in accordance with the provisions of section 130.021.

(L. 1978 S.B. 839, A.L. 1979 S.B. 129, A.L. 1985 H.B. 150, et al., A.L. 1990 S.B. 631, A.L. 1991 S.B. 262)

*Revisor's Note: This section is reprinted in accordance with Section 3.066. Senate Bill 844 in 2010 amended this section. Senate Bill 844 was declared unconstitutional as a violation of the original purpose requirement of Art. III, Sec. 21, of the Missouri Constitution (see annotation below), rendering the repeal and reenactment of this section ineffective.

(2012) Senate Bill 844 provision declared unconstitutional as a violation of the original purpose requirement of Art. III, Sec. 21, Constitution of Missouri. Legends Bank v. State, 361 S.W.3d 383 (Mo. banc).


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