Disbursements from Q4 Fair Elections Fund
Published on January 26, 2023
Disbursement Totals from Q4 Fair Elections Fund
DENVER – The Office of the Denver Clerk and Recorder authorized payments from the Fair Elections Fund (FEF) to candidates for the April 2023 Municipal Election according to their qualifying submissions. The office has updated the public Searchlight platform to reflect funds matched for all candidates. Disbursement from the reporting period ending on January 20 occurred in two batches: the first received on or before January 8, 2023, and the second received January 9-20. Totals by candidate are detailed in a linked PDF.
To release matched funds to candidates, the Office of the Denver Clerk and Recorder must verify the residency and eligibility of each submitted donor using a multi-step, audited process. Though some committees submitted information as early as January 1, official verification could not be finalized until the end of the reporting period to allow for committees to cure rejected submissions. This is the last Fair Elections Fund period where candidates have the option to cure qualifying donation information. In the best interest of both the public and the campaigns, the office continues to expedite turnaround times for this financial verification, while still ensuring accuracy. After the Clerk and Recorder’s Office authorizes payment, the Controller’s Office in the Department of Finance processes and disburses payments. The Controller’s Office has made various payment options available including ACH, and mail. Relevant documentation for both batches have gone to the City Controller’s Office as of February 1.
About the Fund
The Fair Elections Fund matches individual donations of up to $50 at a ratio of 9 to 1 out of a fund totaling $8 million, including the cost of administration. The April 4, 2023 election is the first municipal election since the implementation of the Fair Elections Fund. In the 2018 General Election, voters passed the citizen-initiated measure that created the fund.
Future payments to qualifying candidates will be made in conjunction with the filing of campaign finance reports and will continue through March 2023.
Information about participating campaigns, qualifying contributions and payment disbursements is available to the public via SearchLight Denver, the Denver Office of the Clerk and Recorder's campaign finance database. As with the second disbursement in November, the public can also see how those campaign funds were spent: http://www.denvergov.org/SearchLightDenver
Additional information about the Fund, including contribution limits by office, campaign qualification status and other campaign finance information can be found at: https://www.denvergov.org/campaignfinance
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