Tex. Election Code Section 254.0312
Best Efforts


(a)

A person required to file a report under this chapter is considered to be in compliance with Section 254.0612 (Additional Contents of Reports by Candidate for Statewide Executive Office or Legislative Office), 254.0912 (Additional Contents of Reports by Statewide Executive Officeholders and Legislative Officeholders), or 254.1212 (Additional Contents of Reports of Committee Supporting or Opposing Candidate for Statewide Executive Officeholders or Legislative Officeholders or Assisting Statewide Executive Officeholders or Legislative Officeholders) only if the person or the person’s campaign treasurer shows that the person has used best efforts to obtain, maintain, and report the information required by those sections. A person is considered to have used best efforts to obtain, maintain, and report that information if the person or the person’s campaign treasurer complies with this section.

(b)

Each written solicitation for political contributions from an individual must include:

(1)

a clear request for the individual’s full name and address, the individual’s principal occupation or job title, and the full name of the individual’s employer; and

(2)

an accurate statement of state law regarding the collection and reporting of individual contributor information, such as:

(A)

“State law requires (certain candidates, officeholders, or political committees, as applicable) to use best efforts to collect and report the full name and address, principal occupation or job title, and full name of employer of individuals whose contributions equal or exceed $500 in a reporting period.”; or

(B)

“To comply with state law, (certain candidates, officeholders, or political committees, as applicable) must use best efforts to obtain, maintain, and report the full name and address, principal occupation or job title, and full name of employer of individuals whose contributions equal or exceed $500 in a reporting period.”.

(c)

For each political contribution received from an individual that, when aggregated with all other political contributions received from the individual during the reporting period, equals or exceeds $500 and for which the information required by Section 254.0612 (Additional Contents of Reports by Candidate for Statewide Executive Office or Legislative Office), 254.0912 (Additional Contents of Reports by Statewide Executive Officeholders and Legislative Officeholders), or 254.1212 (Additional Contents of Reports of Committee Supporting or Opposing Candidate for Statewide Executive Officeholders or Legislative Officeholders or Assisting Statewide Executive Officeholders or Legislative Officeholders) is not provided, the person must make at least one oral or written request for the missing information. A request under this subsection:

(1)

must be made not later than the 30th day after the date the contribution is received;

(2)

must include a clear and conspicuous statement that complies with Subsection (b);

(3)

if made orally, must be documented in writing; and

(4)

may not be made in conjunction with a solicitation for an additional political contribution.

(d)

A person must report any information required by Section 254.0612 (Additional Contents of Reports by Candidate for Statewide Executive Office or Legislative Office), 254.0912 (Additional Contents of Reports by Statewide Executive Officeholders and Legislative Officeholders), or 254.1212 (Additional Contents of Reports of Committee Supporting or Opposing Candidate for Statewide Executive Officeholders or Legislative Officeholders or Assisting Statewide Executive Officeholders or Legislative Officeholders) that is not provided by the individual making the political contribution and that the person has in the person’s records of political contributions or previous reports under this chapter.

(e)

A person who receives information required by Section 254.0612 (Additional Contents of Reports by Candidate for Statewide Executive Office or Legislative Office), 254.0912 (Additional Contents of Reports by Statewide Executive Officeholders and Legislative Officeholders), or 254.1212 (Additional Contents of Reports of Committee Supporting or Opposing Candidate for Statewide Executive Officeholders or Legislative Officeholders or Assisting Statewide Executive Officeholders or Legislative Officeholders) after the filing deadline for the report on which the contribution is reported must include the missing information on the next report the person is required to file under this chapter.
Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 249, Sec. 2.10, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Source: Section 254.0312 — Best Efforts, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.­254.­htm#254.­0312 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

254.001
Recordkeeping Required
254.031
General Contents of Reports
254.032
Nonreportable Personal Travel Expense
254.033
Nonreportable Personal Service
254.034
Time of Accepting Contribution
254.035
Time of Making Expenditure
254.036
Form of Report
254.037
Filing Deadline
254.038
Special Report near Election by Certain Candidates and Political Committees
254.039
Special Report near Election by Certain General-purpose Committees
254.040
Preservation of Reports
254.041
Criminal Penalty for Untimely or Incomplete Report
254.042
Civil Penalty for Late Report
254.043
Action to Require Compliance
254.044
Reporting of Political Contributions and Expenditures Made Using Credit Card
254.061
Additional Contents of Reports
254.062
Certain Officeholder Activity Included
254.063
Semiannual Reporting Schedule for Candidate
254.064
Additional Reports of Opposed Candidate
254.065
Final Report
254.066
Authority with Whom Reports Filed
254.091
Additional Contents of Reports
254.092
Certain Officeholder Expenditures Excluded
254.093
Semiannual Reporting Schedule for Officeholder
254.094
Report Following Appointment of Campaign Treasurer
254.095
Report Not Required
254.096
Officeholder Who Becomes Candidate
254.097
Authority with Whom Reports Filed
254.121
Additional Contents of Reports
254.122
Involvement in More than One Election by Certain Committees
254.123
Semiannual Reporting Schedule for Committee
254.124
Additional Reports of Committee for Supporting or Opposing Candidate or Measure
254.125
Final Report of Committee for Supporting or Opposing Candidate or Measure
254.126
Dissolution Report of Committee for Assisting Officeholder
254.127
Termination Report
254.128
Notice to Candidate and Officeholder of Contributions and Expenditures
254.129
Notice of Change in Committee Status
254.130
Authority with Whom Reports Filed
254.151
Additional Contents of Reports
254.152
Time for Reporting Certain Expenditures
254.153
Semiannual Reporting Schedule for Committee
254.154
Additional Reports of Committee Involved in Election
254.155
Option to File Monthly
254.156
Contents of Monthly Reports
254.157
Monthly Reporting Schedule
254.158
Exception to Monthly Reporting Schedule
254.159
Dissolution Report
254.160
Termination Report
254.161
Notice to Candidate and Officeholder of Contributions and Expenditures
254.162
Notice of Change in Committee Status
254.163
Authority with Whom Reports Filed
254.164
Certain Committees Exempt from Civil Penalties
254.181
Modified Reporting Authorized
254.182
Declaration of Intent Required
254.183
Maximum Exceeded
254.184
Applicability of Regular Reporting Requirements
254.201
Annual Report of Unexpended Contributions
254.202
Filing of Report
254.203
Retention of Contributions
254.204
Disposition of Unexpended Contributions
254.205
Report of Disposition of Unexpended Contributions
254.231
Liability to Candidates
254.232
Liability to State
254.262
Travel Expense
254.0311
Report by Legislative Caucus
254.0312
Best Efforts
254.0313
Omission of Address for Judge and Family Member
254.0362
Use of Publicly Accessible Computer Terminal for Preparation of Reports
254.0391
Report During Special Legislative Session
254.0401
Availability of Reports on Internet
254.0402
Public Inspection of Reports
254.0405
Amendment of Filed Report
254.0611
Additional Contents of Reports by Certain Judicial Candidates
254.0612
Additional Contents of Reports by Candidate for Statewide Executive Office or Legislative Office
254.0911
Additional Contents of Reports by Certain Judicial Officeholders
254.0912
Additional Contents of Reports by Statewide Executive Officeholders and Legislative Officeholders
254.1211
Additional Contents of Reports of Certain Committees
254.1212
Additional Contents of Reports of Committee Supporting or Opposing Candidate for Statewide Executive Officeholders or Legislative Officeholders or Assisting Statewide Executive Officeholders or Legislative Officeholders
254.1541
Alternate Reporting Requirements for Certain Committees
254.1581
Reporting by Out-of-state Political Committee

Accessed:
Jun. 5, 2024

§ 254.0312’s source at texas​.gov