Measure Finance Committees register with the City Clerk to support or oppose a candidate or ballot measure.
What is a Measure Finance Committee?
A Measure Finance Committee (MFC) is a political committee, person or group that supports or opposes a candidate or ballot measure within the City of Albuquerque. MFCs must register with the City Clerk, regardless of the group's registration as a PAC with another governmental entity. MFCs must also file financial statements at the same times that candidates report.
When to Register
MFCs need to register with the City Clerk within 5 days once they have raised or spent in excess of $250 towards their purpose.
Registration includes receiving the mandatory training for the online campaign finance reporting database. MFC representatives should also have identified a chairperson and treasurer at the time of registration. It is a good idea to bring either the Chairperson or Treasurer at the time of registration as they are the only individuals authorized to sign the registration forms required by the City Charter.
Contributions and Expenditures
MFCs are not bound by the individual contribution limits and business bans like candidates. However, an MFC that receives aggregate contributions in excess of of 30% of the Mayor's salary from one individual or entity, must incorporate the donor's name into the name of the committee. For 2013 MFCs that threshold number is $31,126.32.
Groups and individuals should contact the Office of the City Clerk for further information or to schedule an appointment to register.