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2.16.070 Distribution of Public Contribution.

A.  Public contributions from the Fund will be distributed only in a contested election. The Director must distribute a public contribution from the Fund to each certified candidate in a contested election as follows:

1.  For a certified candidate for a covered office, the public contribution matching must equal:

a.  $6 for each dollar of the first $50 of allowable contributions in aggregate from a matchable donor made after the candidate files a notice of intent;

b.  No match for allowable contributions after the first $50 in aggregate contributed by a matchable donor.

2.  The total public contribution payable to a certified candidate for a primary election or special nominating election may not exceed $304,000 for a candidate for Mayor and $200,000 for a candidate for Commissioner or Auditor.  The total public contribution payable to a certified candidate for a general election or special runoff election may not exceed $456,000 for a candidate for Mayor and $240,000 for a candidate for Commissioner or Auditor.

B.  The Director must not distribute public contribution matching from the Fund to a certified candidate for:

1.  Seed money contributions;

2.  In-kind contributions;

3.  Allowable contributions from matchable donors made before the candidate files a notice of intent;

4.  Allowable contributions from donors who are not matchable donors; or

5.  Allowable contributions from matchable donors whose donations to another candidate for the same contested election during the same election period have resulted in a request for public contribution matching for that other candidate.

C.  Public contributions from the Fund will be distributed on at least four dates in addition to the initial distribution to each certified candidate upon certification during the primary election period or special nominating election period and on at least four dates during the general election period or special runoff election period.  The final distribution for each election period will be 14 days before the election.

D.  A certified candidate may collect allowable contributions, including allowable contributions from matchable donors for which the candidate may seek public contribution matching for the primary or special nominating election, until the end of the primary election matching period. A certified candidate may continue to collect allowable contributions, consistent with Sections 2.16.040 and 2.16.120, between the date the primary election matching period ends until the end of the primary election period or special nominating election period, but allowable  contributions from matchable donors collected during this time will only be eligible for public contribution matching for the general or special runoff election if the candidate qualifies for the general or special runoff election, as provided in Subsection 2.16.070 E.

E.  Certified candidates in the primary election or special nominating election who are nominated to the general election or special runoff election ballot in the same election cycle are eligible for public contributions as provided in this Section.

1.  Certified candidates who reasonably expect to qualify for the general or special runoff election ballot may begin collecting allowable contributions for the general election or special runoff election on the first day of the general election matching period.

2.  After certification of the results of the primary or special nominating election, a certified candidate who qualifies for the general or special runoff ballot may use unspent funds in their publicly funded campaign account and seek public contribution matching for allowable contributions collected from matchable donors during the general election matching period.

3.  A certified candidate may continue to collect allowable contributions, consistent with Section 2.16.040, from the end of the general election matching period until the end of the general election period or special runoff election period, but the contributions will not be eligible for public contribution matching.

F.  A certified candidate must submit documentation, as specified by administrative rule, for each allowable contribution from a matchable donor to the Director to receive public contribution matching. The Director must deposit the appropriate public contribution into a certified candidate's publicly funded campaign account on the next distribution date after the Director authorizes the public contribution matching.