The Virginia Department of Elections (ELECT) utilizes an online application for candidates and political committees to file campaign finance reports. Committee Electronic Tracking – known as COMET – replaced the desktop VAFiling software, which has been in use since 1999. E-Filers who do not use third-party software must use COMET to prepare and submit their next scheduled campaign finance reports. VAFiling reports are no longer be accepted for reports due in 2012 and beyond.
I want to use COMET Step-by-Step:
- Review the COMET User Manual before getting started.
- Get started by establishing a profile or account and a Statement of Organization (SOO).
- Create users and profiles.
- Enter Line-Item entries (Receipts, Expenditures, and Loans/Debts).
- Enter any Large Dollar and Large Pre-Election Contributions.
- Manage your Contacts
- Prepare and Submit your Reports
- Timing Out in COMET
- Using Approved 3rd Party Vendors for Uploading in COMET.
- Additional Questions
Committees who are switching from VAFiling to COMET MUST complete and submit a NEW Statement of Organization in COMET before you can begin entering your transactions. Existing committees are NOT required to sign and submit a paper version of the Statement of Organization UNLESS you are changing information that is currently on file with Virginia Department of Elections (ELECT) or your local board (e.g. Name or Address of Treasurer). ELECT is standing by to “Accept” your new committee as soon after you submit your committee’s Statement of Organization.
All questions, comments and faxes in relation to COMET should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (804) 786-1364.
Approved 3rd Party Vendors
|Vendor||Name of Vendor Software Program||Contact Phone Number|
|Act Blue||Indigo||(617) 517-7636|
|Aristotle, Inc.||Back Office||(202) 543-8345|
|Custom Data Systems, Inc||Association Manager.Net||(804) 612-9452|
|DDC Advocacy||Democracy Direct||(301) 686-8040|
|NGP VAN Version 12||NGP Campaign Office||(202) 686-9330|
|NGP VAN, Inc.||NGP Campaign Office – Version 6||(202) 686-9330|
|Primary Data Solutions||PDS Membership 3.0||(703) 348-2248|
|TARGET-D Consulting||Target-D, Version 12||(703) 435-2891|
|Trail Blazer Campaign Services, Inc.||Trail Blazer Campaign Manager, 6.2||(952) 767-2651|
|Vocus Inc.||Vocus, Version 8||(301) 683-6066|