Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance
Tennessee Registry of Election Finance

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Campaign Audits

There are two types of audits authorized by the campaign finance statutes.  One type of audit is a full audit of a candidate's campaign account for a particular election.  The other is an audit of a candidate's unitemized contributions for a particular reporting period.

Candidates subject to a full campaign audit for a particular election are as follows:

  1. Each gubernatorial candidate that receives more than 10% of the vote in the general election
  2. Each candidate for general assembly selected by a random draw by district.  Districts will be randomly drawn until approximately 2% of all candidates for the general assembly have been selected.
  3. One candidate each from the supreme court, court of appeals and court of criminal appeals elections drawn randomly. 

Candidates are subject to an audit of their unitemized contributions for a particular reporting period if their unitemized contributions for the reporting period meet the following requirements:

  1. The candidate's unitemized contributions for the reporting period exceed $5,000
  2. The unitemized contributions for the reporting period exceed 30% of the candidate's total contributions.