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City of Philadelphia

Campaign Finance

Starting Your Campaign

Overview of the steps to start a campaign for City elective office. 

Search Campaign Finance Information

There are several ways to search the campaign finance database for contribution and expenditure information filed by candidates and political committees.

File Campaign Finance Information

The City campaign finance law requires electronic filing of campaign finance reports. Find links to electronic filing software and other related information.

About the Campaign Finance Law

Philadelphia’s Campaign Finance Law applies to candidates for City elective office, those who contribute to such candidates, and to other persons who make expenditures to influence City elections. City elective office is limited to: Mayor, District Attorney, City Controller, City Council, Sheriff, and City Commissioner. The Law has three main components: (1) contribution limits; (2) the requirement to electronically file campaign finance reports; and (3) rules regarding how candidates use political committees and bank accounts for their campaigns. The Board of Ethics is charged with administering, interpreting, and enforcing the Campaign Finance Law.