About Personal Financial Disclosure Statement
is a statement of personal financial interests for the preceding calendar year filed by each candidate and public officer. The PFDS shall identify each monetary fee received, all fiduciary positions, direct ownership interests in business entity, direct ownership interests in real property, spouse’s direct ownership interest in real property, the filer’s employment and family members information, filer’s investment interests, known business or investment interests of spouse and dependent children, and annual payments received by a public officer or business entity from the State of Georgia. Each person who qualifies with a political party as a candidate for party nomination to a public office elected state wide and each person who qualifies as a candidate for election to a public office elected state wide through a nomination petition or convention shall comply with the aforementioned PFDS reporting requirements and shall also identify the required transactions for the preceding five calendar years.
Who needs to file a Personal Financial Disclosure Statement?
All qualified candidates for election AND any public officers (falling under the definition below) must file a Personal Financial Disclosure Statement with the Commission:
* Every constitutional officer;
* Every elected state official;
* The executive head of every state department or agency, whether elected or appointed;
* Each member of the General Assembly;
* The executive director of each state board, commission, or authority and the members thereof;
* Every elected county official and every elected member of a local board of education; and
* Every elected municipal official.
An individual must obtain a filer id and password by completing a PIN application in order to file electronically on the Commission’s website.
Prior to 2011, the directors and members of boards, commissions and authorities were required to file Personal Financial Disclosure Statements. The 2011 Act removed that requirement, but instead, the director and members of boards, commissions and authorities must file an annual affidavit swearing that the director or member did not take any official action from which he or she derived personal gain in the previous calendar year. This affidavit must be filed on or before January 31 of each year and may be filed by first logging into our at e-filing system.
In order to make the filing, executive directors and members of state boards, commissions or authorities may continue to use the same filer id and password which they previously used to file their personal financial disclosure reports. If an individual is new to a board, commission or authority, the individual must complete a PFD PIN Application to obtain a filer id and password for e-filing the annual affidavit.
When are personal financial statements due?
Candidates for Public Office:
A candidate seeking election or reelection to a state-wide office shall file a Personal Financial Disclosure Statement not later than the seventh calendar day following the day on which the candidate qualifies. All other candidates seeking election or reelection to public office must file a Personal Financial Disclosure Statement not later than the fifteenth calendar day following the day on which the candidate qualifies.
All Other Public Officers:
Public officers who are not in their election year must file a Personal Financial Disclosure Statement not before January 1 and not later than July 1.
E-mail courtesy reminders that Personal Financial Disclosure Statements are due are sent to those individuals who file electronically with the Commission.
Where are personal financial statements filed?
Candidates and public officials as defined by subsections (A) through (D) of 21-5-3(22) must file the Personal Financial Disclosure Statement electronically with the State Ethics Commission. That includes:
Every constitutional officer;
Every elected state official;
The executive head of every state department or agency, whether elected or appointed;
Each member of the General Assembly;
In order to file a PFD electronically, an individual must complete a PIN Application for e-filing Personal Financial Disclosure Statement The Commission will then send the individual a filer id and password by email. The filer may then enter the Commission’s system to his or her affidavit.
Local officials referred to in subsections (F) and (G) of 21-5-3 may file the PFD by certified mail or statutory overnight delivery, but are strongly encouraged by the Commission to file electronically. Individuals who file electronically will receive a courtesy reminder that the PFD report is due. Those individuals who file by paper will not receive such a courtesy reminder.