Campaign Reporting Software
The NC State Board of Elections has developed and is constantly maintaining and improving free software that enables the storing of all campaign information required by the state. There are also several third-party products that create files that meet the file format requirements.
Important Software Notes
The Reporting software is a stand-alone application built for the Windows operating system; there is no support for setting up the application to run over a network. Only the following Windows operating platforms are supported:
- Windows XP SP3
- Windows 7 32bit
For Vista/7 users:
Once you have completed your installation of our software, Vista and Windows 7 users must run the software as an administrator in order for it to work correctly with your operating system. To change your software so that you permanently run as an administrator, right click on the CF Remote icon on your desktop and select Properties. Go to the Compatibility tab and, under privilege level, check the box that says Run this Program as an Administrator. Select Apply and then OK. When you open your software you will get a message asking you to allow the program to run.
To electronically file a report:
Send the export file via CD or email in the proper file format as specified by the NC SBE; otherwise it cannot be accepted.
Campaign Reporting Software Downloads
Download the software and accompanying files listed below in order to use the Campaign Finance Filing Software.
READ the instruction guide as it contains information on how to use the software and the appendix has the steps you should follow for important procedures, such as filing a report electronically.
The Installation for the CF Remote software has been redesigned due to installation issues. As a result, a new installation has been created. Any user running a version of the CF Remote software that is version 4.2.41 or older will need to:
- Backup their database (see "Back up your database" under Campaign Finance Remote Software Help Topics)
- Uninstall the CF Remote software (read the detailed instructions)
These steps above MUST be followed before installing the newest version.
|CF Remote Software
* This is the entire installation of the remote software in one single file.
|CF Remote Software - Instruction Guide
* This is the remote software instruction guide to help you get started using the software.
List of previous versions and their release dates over the past year:
Electronic Filing Format Downloads
If you use some other means to keep track of campaign finances other than the software provided by NC State Board of Elections, then these are the viable layouts of an import file. The file then gets imported into the central database. If you create a file in this format, then the central system can read your file, which can be submitted in electronic format. The example that is contained is by no means a real candidate or committee. It is simply an example which to show the format. Note: There is no intention to include an import tool to enable other software's data to be imported into the CF Remote software.
In addition to the Import File Format, the CFD Validation Utility is a validation tool that can be used to read the import file and assist verifying that it is in the correct format before submitting.
|Import File Format v4.12
||This file is a compressed file that contains an excel workbook with field definitions and a sample import file.
|CFD Validation Utility v1.13
||This file will install the CFD Validation Utility for use to assist in verifying the format of import files.
Campaign Finance Remote Software Help Topics
These topics are not intended to replace either the CF Remote Software User Guide or the CF Remote Software Help Files. They are intended as an enhancement to the materials already available to electronic filers.
DO’s and DON’Ts – Some pointers to assist you with using your software
Setting up Elections
Entering Basic Transactions
Enter an in kind transaction
Enter a refund to the Committee
Enter a refund from the Committee
Enter a Loan Repayment
Enter a Forgiven Loan
Entering Exempt Party Sales (Party Committees Only)
Debts and Obligations
Create a report
Audit a report
Print a report
Print Data Lists
Save the Official report
Back up your database
Copy and send a database
Removing duplicate names from CF Remote Software