This page is a part of NCSL’s comprehensive campaign finance portfolio. For related resources, visit the Campaign Finance Overview page. This webpage is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice or in legal proceedings. If you have questions about your state's law, please contact an attorney in your state.
Campaign expenditures are an important part of getting a campaign’s message out and garnering support. However, allowing campaigns to spend their contributions and funds in any way they desire can lead to concerns about corruption and unfair practices. Because of this, every state regulates campaign expenditures in some form. In general, an “expenditure” is money spent by a candidate or political committee to influence an election by either supporting or defeating a candidate or ballot measure.
Some states require all candidates, political committees and other entities that are required to register with the state to file disclosure reports; other states only require disclosure reports after political or campaign expenditures meet a specific threshold.
This webpage provides expenditure definitions and disclosure requirements for all states and territories. For information on other disclosure requirements, please visit our Disclosure Requirements page.
If you don't find the information you need, please contact our elections team at 303-364-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. NCSL staff can do specialized research for legislators and legislative staff.