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Instructions–Campaign Support Award

Instructions and Grading: The Campaign Support Award application is not intended to be intrusive or complicated.  Viewed properly, it serves as a check list for candidates, especially for new first time citizen candidates.  This application is more or less self explanatory.

Occupation, education and military service—public resume items show candidate’s experience. If no military service, that is not a demerit.  Many competent Americans have other career paths.

Age, marital status, children—private items to show candidate family values and stability. On children, rather than a “yes,” we ask how many; respond as follows:  “None” or “Yes/#” etc.

Office Sought—fill in precisely; please circle whether Statewide or County. [This helps our award judges (out-of-state CP state chairmen) identify the correct candidate class for the application.]

Campaign Committee—each campaign is required by state or federal election code to have the candidate’s name in the campaign committee name. *Treasurer—every campaign must have one to comply with code. Additional campaign staff—not necessary per se; but they help show the depth and organization of a campaign, and are highly advised.

C1 & C2 Forms versus FEC Forms 1, 2 and 3X—campaign financial report forms. The distinction: state candidates file the C1 and C2 with the Idaho Secretary of State; while federal candidates file the Form 1, 2 and 3X with the FEC.  C1 and FEC Form 1 are both statements cards on the campaign organization—listing candidate, committee name, treasurer, contact information.  C-2 and FEC Form 3X are campaign income and expense reports (straight forward).  FEC Form 2 is a federal declaration card of candidacy; whereas, Idaho uses a paper declaration form submitted when the candidate declares in the filing period (first week of March 2018).  Note!…county offices are filed with the respective county clerk.  Both Idaho Secretary of State and the FEC have clear information on their websites for filing these forms.  In neither case is it adversarial.  Both websites exist to assist citizen candidates.  But, these forms are not optional.  They must be filed.  As advocates of the law, we are bound to comply.  For those still having further questions contact: CP-Idaho Treasurer Ray Writz:  PO Box 186, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83816.

Date/Place of last CP-Idaho function—an internal item. Tie breaker.

[The above material in whole merits one (1) point, if it is filed in completely, neatly and correctly.]

Campaign plan—must be concise (50 words), yet complete enough to give contributors a firm idea of the candidate’s strategy.  E.g.—who, and where, are your constituents?  How do you plan to reach them?  What campaign events are planned?  How will you get the word out? Etc.

[Campaign plan merits up to two (2) points; organizing skill, detail and strategy are emphasized.]

Major policy initiatives—“why” you are running. This must also be concise and specific. What does the candidate see as most important tasks to accomplish in the office being sought?

[Major policy merits up to three (3) points; clarity and communication skill, precision, understanding and reason are emphasized.]

How will you use the award?—explains to the “buyer” what the donation will do. This ought to compliment the “Campaign plan” section.  Will this buy a newspaper ad?  Printed handouts?  Postage?  A picnic shelter rent? Etc.

[Use of Award merits up to one (1) point; realistic campaign purchases are emphasized.]

Other fund raising—briefly, what does the campaign anticipate it will raise on its own? This should reflect self reliance, and seriousness.  Campaigns cost money—attending events, parades, home fund raisers, conferences, pizzas for volunteers on the phones.  Campaign logistics—and control of paying for them.

[Other fund raising merits up to two (2) points; budgeting is emphasized.]

Bank account—is not discretionary; campaigns must have one.  Without one (which also requires a treasurer) disqualifies the application.  In fact, campaign monies cannot be raised under state law  without a treasurer.  No exceptions. Website—highly recommended. Unless the candidate can demonstrate campaign methods that preclude the use of website, not having a website will penalize the candidate.

[No Bank account—disqualifies; No website (unless explained sensibly) cedes one (1) point; completeness merits one (1) point.]

Neatness, spelling and grammar, legibility and reviewer discretion—judges of these campaign financial support awards have discretion to award “extra credit” up to one (1) point—for merit, as the judges deem fit for the application.

[Total Potential Points—eleven (11).]

The statewide candidate(s) with the highest scores will each receive $100 donations to their campaigns. The top scoring county office candidate(s) will each receive $50 donations to their local campaigns.

Should sufficient funds become available to expand this program in addition to the monies set forth, CP-Idaho will establish one more statewide candidate $100 award, and one more $50 county candidate award.

Any excess funds in the campaign support account remaining, after that, will be distributed among the award winners equally—e.g. divided into sixths with  equal shares of the remaining pot given to each award winner.

These CP-Idaho cash awards will be made on or about May 15, 2018, following the state primaries.  Candidacy declarations are during the Feb. 26 to Mar. 9 filing window.

CP-Idaho has money available for our candidates under the terms above—CP-Idaho candidates are urged to apply to: Ray Writz, CP-Idaho Treasurer, PO Box 186, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83816.