Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)
For assistance concerning reporting, prohibitions, and restrictions under the FPPC Act: Email questions
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Check out the Form 700 Reference Pamphlet (PDF).
Contact the FPPC directly or check their website for current laws, rules, and Candidate and Office Holder requirements!
A Guide to Campaign Disclosure Forms
Campaign disclosure forms and information manuals are available on the FPPC website or Secretary of State's Office and can be filled out electronically. Certain forms are available at the Elections Division office. Before accepting any contributions or making expenditures toward a campaign, you must contact your elections office and prepare the correct forms required by law for reporting campaign contributions and expenditures. Failure to file campaign disclosure statements could lead to fines and/or civil or criminal penalties.
Political Reform Act of 1974
The Political Reform Act of 1974 requires all candidates in the categories listed below to file campaign disclosure statements disclosing contributions received and expenditures made:
- Committees supporting or opposing state and local candidates
- Measure and petition circulation committees
- Proponents of state and local ballot measures who control a ballot measure committee
- State and local elective offices
- State and local elected officeholders
Form 700 - Statements of Economic Interest (Must be filed)
Every elected official and public employee who makes or influences governmental decisions is required to submit a Statement of Economic Interest/Form 700. It provides transparency and ensures accountability in two ways:
- It provides necessary information to the public about an official's personal financial interests to ensure that officials are making decisions in the best interest of the public and not enhancing their personal finances.
- It serves as a reminder to the public official of potential conflicts of interest so the official can abstain from making or participating in governmental decisions that are deemed conflicts of interest.
The FPPC receives Form 700s from certain state and local elected officials, judges, high level state employees, and certain employees for the California Assembly and Senate. If a public official fails to timely file his or her Form 700, the case will be referred to the FPPC Enforcement Division, and a penalty of up to $5,000 may be imposed. Candidates are strongly encouraged to file on time.
If you are filing a Form 700 as a potential candidate, the form will need to be turned in to the Plumas County Elections Division at the same as your Declaration of Candidacy packet. If you are a public official required to annually file a Form 700, the deadline to turn in your form to the FPPC is April 1st. If you are a public official required to annually file a Form 700 and you are intending to declare candidacy, you will need to turn a Form 700 into the Plumas County Elections office at the time you declare candidacy, and turn in a second Form 700 to the FPPC by the required deadline.
There is no provision for filing deadline extensions unless the filer is serving in active military duty (Regulation 18723). Statements of 30 pages or less may be faxed by the deadline as long as the original signed paper version is sent by first-class mail to the filing official within 24 hours.
Every public official who makes or participates in making governmental decisions is required to file a Statement of Economic Interest, commonly referred to as Form 700.
Most Frequently Asked Question:
What is the penalty for not filing my Form 700 on time?
Answer: The guidelines provided in the following document apply to individuals whose Form 700 is forwarded to the FPPC. The FPPC receives Form 700s from certain state and local elected officials, judges, high-level state employees, and certain employees for the California Assembly and Senate. If a public official fails to timely file his or her Form 700, the case will be referred to the FPPC Enforcement Division, and a penalty of up to $5,000 may be imposed. File on time!
Where to File:
Judicial Officers - File with the Clerk of the Court
Retired Judges - File directly with FPPC
County Officers - File with the County Clerk
City Officers - File with the City Clerk
Special Districts - File with your Special District Secretary
Multi-County Agencies - File with your Agency Secretary
Form 410 - Statements of Organization (Must be filed)
Recipient Committees: Persons (including an officeholder or candidate), organizations, groups, or other entities that raise contributions from others totaling $2,000 or more in a calendar year to spend on California elections. They must register with the Secretary of State and report all receipts and expenditures. "Contributions" include monetary payments, loans and non-monetary goods and services received or made for a political purpose.
Candidates: The personal funds of a candidate or officeholder used to seek or hold elective office are contributions and count toward qualifying as a recipient committee. However, personal funds used to pay a candidate filing fee or a fee for the statement of qualifications to appear in the ballot pamphlet do not count toward the $2,000 threshold.
Multipurpose Organizations: A nonprofit organization, federal or out-of-state PAC, or other multipurpose organization that makes contributions or expenditures in California elections may also be required to register as a recipient committee with the Secretary of State.
When to File: File this form within 10 days of receiving $2,000 in contributions. Include a $50 payment made payable to the Secretary of State. Thereafter, the$50 fee is due annually no later than January 15th. In addition to the $50 fee, a penalty of $150 may be assessed if payment is late. For early submissions, mark the "not yet qualified' box. The $50 fee is requested at this time but is not legally required until the committee qualification threshold has been met.
Form 501 - Candidate Intention Statement (Must be filed)
A candidate for state or local office must file this form for each election, including reelection to the same office. Exception: Candidates for county central committee that do not raise or spend $2,000 or more in a calendar year are not required to file a Form 501.
When to File:
A candidate should file the Form 501 before they solicit or receive any contributions or before they make expenditures from personal funds on behalf of their candidacy. This form is considered filed the date it is postmarked or hand delivered.
Personal Funds Notification: Candidates must disclose, if applicable, the date they contribute personal funds to their own campaign that exceeds the expenditure ceiling. They should file and amended Form 501 within 24 hours by guaranteed overnight delivery, personal delivery, or, if applicable, by electronic means.
A candidate must establish a separate bank account, including for campaigns that are self-funded by the candidate. A bank account is not required if a candidate will not receive any contributions or make personal expenditures of less than $2,000 in a calendar year. The filing and statement of qualification fees are not included in calculating the $2,000.
For use by all recipient committees reporting expenditures and contributions including:
Candidates, Officeholders, and Their Controlled Committees
- A candidate or officeholder who has a controlled committee, or who has raised or spent or will raise or spend $2,000 or more during a calendar year in connection with election to office or holding office. The Form 460 is also required if $2,000 or more will be raised or spent during the calendar year at the behest of the officeholder or candidate.
Primarily Formed Ballot Measure Committees
- A person, entity, or organization that receives contributions totaling $2,000 or more during a calendar year for the primary purpose of supporting or opposing the qualification, passage, or defeat of a single ballot measure or two or more measures being voted on in the same city, county, or multi-county election.
Primarily Formed Candidate/Officeholder Committees
- A person, entity, or organization that receives contributions totaling $2,000 or more during a calendar year to support or oppose a single candidate or officeholder, or two or more candidates or officeholders who are being voted upon in the same city, county, or multi-county election. This type of committee is not controlled by the candidate(s) or officeholder(s).
General Purpose Committees
- A person, entity, or organization that receives contributions totaling $2,000 or more during a calendar year to support or oppose various candidates and measures (e.g., political parties, political action committees, etc.). Non-controlled committees that do not receive contributions, loans, or miscellaneous receipts totaling $100 or more from a single source during a calendar year may use Form 450 - Recipient Committee Campaign Statement - Short Form.
Form can be used to file:
- A pre-election statement
- Semi-annual statement
- Quarterly Statement
- Termination statement
- Special odd-year report
- Amend previously filed statement
The Form 470 is filed by officeholders and candidates who:
- Do not have a controlled committee
- Do not receive contributions totaling $2,000 or more during the calendar year
- Do not spend $2,000 or more during the calendar year
Exceptions: The following individuals seeking or holding office are not required to file campaign disclosure statements (Form 470 or Form 460):
- Candidates for county central committee offices that do not raise or spend $2,000 or more in a calendar year
- Officeholders whose salaries are less than $200 per month and judicial candidates who have not made or received contributions or made expenditures during non-election years
- Judges who do not receive contributions and who make personal expenditures of less than $1,000 or more in non-election years
Campaign Expenditures from a Candidate's Funds
All money intended for use in the campaign, including personal funds, must be deposited into a campaign bank account. All campaign expenditures for the specific office must be made from the specified bank account. The funds in the account may not be used in connection with any other office sought.
Photocopy requests and associated fees:
|Photocopies of Fair Political Campaign Practices Forms (per page)
|Per FPPC Code
|Photocopies of FPPC Statements Exceeding 5 Years from Filing (per request)
|Per FPPC Code