When the campaign ends – whether it’s through a general election, primary election or candidate withdrawal – there’s still work to be done.

Campaigns must file post-election reports that account for debts, loans, any surplus funds and other obligations. Candidates eliminated in or before the primary must refund contributions designated for the general election.

Special rules govern post-election fundraising and disposition of any surplus funds.

Different rules apply to single-year committees – those organized for one election only – and continuing committees that will begin reporting again in the new calendar year.

Leftover money

Learn what surplus funds are, and how they should be handled after an election. 

Candidate surplus funds

Investing surplus funds


A committee can signal that it wishes to cease operations by disbursing of its funds and filing a final report. It also can go the extra step of filing its intent to dissolve. Here’s how.


Wrapping up the year and beginning anew

At the end of each calendar year, a continuing committee stops adding contributions and expenditures for that year, calculates totals for the year and files an end-of-year report. Follow these steps to close out the old year and start the new one.

How to close out the year

Beginning a new year