Political Party Committees
Any political party committee that anticipates receiving contributions and/or spending funds in excess of $200 in order to influence the outcome of any non-federal election in Virginia must register as a political party committee with the Virginia Department of Elections.
Virginia recognizes only two political parties: Democrats and Republicans. All other party organizations are required to register as Political Action Committees. Please see the Political Action Committee page for more information on their reporting requirements.
Local Party Exemptions
Any county, city or local district political party committees that do not raise or spend more than $15,000 in a calendar year are exempt from registering as a Party Committee in Virginia and are not required to file campaign finance reports. However, the exemption does not apply to county or city party committees which have a population of more than 100,000 according to the 2000 decennial census.
Types of Party Committees
A political party committee can be any of the following types of organizations:
- State Committee
- City Party Committee
- County Party Committee
- Local District Party Committee
- Congressional District Party Committee
- State Legislative District Party Committee
- Organized Political Party Group of Elected Officials
Laws and Policies
Basic Reporting Requirements
- Political party committees are required to file quarterly reports
- E-Filers must file their reports by 11:59 p.m. on the report’s deadline.
- Paper Filers must submit their reports in the required office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the deadline. For paper filers who file with the Virginia Department of Elections, paper reports will be considered timely if the report is postmarked on the deadline.
- Additional reports are due within three business days after a committee receives a single contribution $10,000 or more