Campaign Finance Reports
The campaign finance law, title 15 of the Election Code, regulates the acceptance of, expenditure of, and reports regarding money in political campaigns by candidates, officeholders, and political committees.
Hays CISD, as a local governmental unit, is the filing entity for campaign finance reports filed by trustees, candidates for trustees, and certain political action committees. As the filing entity, the district does not assess the accuracy or completeness of reports. Instructions, forms, and other information for local filers are available online. Hays CISD will also make this information available in print upon request. Questions regarding campaign finance and title 15 should be directed to the Texas Ethics Commission at (512) 463-5800. The Secretary of State can answer all other questions about election law at (512) 463-5650 or (800) 252-8683.
House Bill 336, passed by the 82nd Legislature and signed by the governor on June 17, 2011, requires certain school districts to post campaign finance reports on district websites. Since Hays CISD is located partially in a city with a population greater than 500,000 (Austin, Texas) and has more than 15,000 students, this requirement became effective for campaign finance reports filed after January 1, 2012. The requirement relates to reports filed by board of trustee members, candidates for the board, and specific-purpose committees supporting, opposing, or assisting a candidate or member.
Important Note: Candidates and trustees have the option to select modified campaign finance reporting. Modified reporting excuses an opposed candidate from filing reports 30 days and 8 days before an election and 8 days before a runoff. An opposed candidate is eligible for modified reporting only if the candidate does not intend to exceed either $500 in contributions or $500 in expenditures (excluding filing fees) in connection with an election.