Campaign Finance Advisory Opinions


Consistent with Duties of Executive Director of State Board. N.C.G.S. § 163-278.23, the executive director of the State Board of Elections, upon request, issues written advisory opinions about North Carolina’s campaign finance laws to candidates, the media, political committees, referendum committees, and other entities. If an entity relies on and complies with a written advisory opinion issued by the executive director to the entity, then the entity may not be prosecuted or the subject of a civil action on account of the procedure followed. 

Find the State Board’s campaign finance advisory opinions from 2019 to present on this page. On our FTP site, you can find Advisory Opinions Issued from 1998 to 2018. Advisory opinions are also published in the North Carolina Register.

View Recent Advisory Opinions

Find recent advisory opinions in the table below, along with the subject, recipient, and relevant statute(s). Note: The written opinion (WO) number is the issue date in YYYY-MM-DD format.

Written Opinion (PDF) Subject Recipient Relevant Statute(s)
WO-2024-04-19(2) The use of contributions for a district office Sen. Kevin Corbin N.C.G.S. § 163-278.16B
WO-2024-04-19(1) The use of political party headquarters building for internet services Lincoln County Democratic Party N.C.G.S. § 163-278.19B
WO-2023-10-17 Legal services Constitution Party of North Carolina N.C.G.S. § 163-278.6(13), N.C.G.S.§ 163-278.15
WO-2023-06-22 The use of contributions for caregiving/dependent care expenses Rep. Julie von Haefen N.C.G.S. § 163-278.16B
WO-2022-11-28 Quarterly reporting schedule by political parties Constitution Party of North Carolina N.C.G.S. § 163-278.9
WO-2022-05-13 Organization of a referendum committee Robert N. Hunter, Jr. N.C.G.S. § 163-278.6
WO-2021-09-22 The use of political party headquarters building funds for personnel compensation Kathleen Davis N.C.G.S. § 163-278.19B
WO-2021-06-25 Reporting of settlements Jinger Kelley N.C.G.S. § 163-278.11, N.C.G.S. § 163-278.13, N.C.G.S. § 163-278.15, N.C.G.S. § 163-278.19
WO-2020-05-05 Federal independent expenditure-only political committee (Super PAC) contributions Berkon and Weisman/Democratic Governors Association N.C.G.S. § 163-278.7A
WO-2020-04-20 The use of contributions for childcare services Antoine Marshall N.C.G.S. § 163-278.16B
WO-2020-01-14 Approving sale and lease of a political party headquarters building Joshua Coffey/Alexander County REC N.C.G.S. § 163-278.19B
WO-2019-11-12 The use of contributions for the payment of a salary to the candidate Abbie Lane N.C.G.S. § 163-278.16B