Campaign Finance and Lobbying Activities

Political Reform Division

The Political Reform Division administers provisions of California's Political Reform Act, including the law's most fundamental purpose of ensuring that "receipts and expenditures in election campaigns should be fully and truthfully disclosed in order that the voters may be fully informed and the activities of lobbyists should be regulated and their finances disclosed..."

The Political Reform Act was adopted as a statewide initiative (Proposition 9) by an overwhelming vote of the electorate in 1974. The law requires detailed disclosure of the role of money in California politics. This includes the disclosure of contributions and expenditures in connection with campaigns supporting or opposing state and local candidates and ballot measures as well as the disclosure of expenditures made in connection with lobbying the State Legislature and attempting to influence administrative decisions of state government.

More about the Political Reform Division

Filing Information and Requirements

Electronic Filing Information

  • Application for Password
  • Cal-Online Free Online Filing Forms
  • Approved Vendor Information

Campaign Filing Requirements

  • Getting Started
  • Current Filing Schedules
  • Where to File
  • Penalties

Campaign Disclosure Forms

  • Campaign Forms and Instructions

Lobbying Filing Requirements

  • Ethics Training
  • Filing Deadlines
  • Required Documents for Registration, Amendment, Termination, and Withdrawal
  • Required Documents for Quarterly Disclosure Reports
  • Penalties

Lobbying Forms

  • Lobbying Forms and Instructions

More CAL-ACCESS Resources

Campaign Finance and Lobbying

The Political Reform Division, Secretary of State, is located at 1500 - 11th Street, Room 495, Sacramento, CA 95814, phone (916) 653-6224.

Selected Campaign Financing Analysis

Selected reports covering various election cycles related to Campaign Financing Analysis

Selected Lobbying Expenditure Analysis

Lobbying Finance Analysis reports are part of an ongoing series of studies that analyze expenditures related to lobbying the California State Legislature and attempting to influence administrative decisions of state government.