CAL-ACCESS FAQs Section 1 Question 15

How do I find out the committees controlled by a state candidate or state elected official?

There are three methods in Cal-Access for determining what committees are controlled by a state candidate or state elected official. They are:

  1. Using the "Candidates & Elected Officials" Site
    1. Go to the "Campaign Finance" page. (You may also reach this site from the Secretary of State's Home Page - by clicking on "Campaign Finance" under "Political Reform.")
    2. Click on "Candidates & Elected Officials." This will bring up the "Candidates & Elected Officials" page. Under "Choose a Listing," select "Candidates and Elected Officials by Name." An alphabetized list of candidates/elected officials will be displayed.
    3. Click on the name of the candidate/elected official in which you are interested. The candidate's/elected official's campaign finance page will be displayed.
    4. Scroll down that page and the names and summary information regarding all controlled committees (active and terminated) of the candidate/elected official will be displayed. More information regarding each committee can be obtained by clicking on the underlined committee name.
  2. Using the "Who is Running for What State Office?" Site
    1. Go to the "Campaign Finance" page. (You may also reach this site from the Secretary of State's Home Page - by clicking on "Campaign Finance" under "Political Reform.")
    2. Select "Who is Running for What State Office?". Wait for the query to be processed.
    3. Under "Choose an Election," select the election in which you are interested. A list of candidates who have filed Form 501 (Candidate Intention Statement) will be displayed.
    4. Find the candidate in which you are interested. If the name is underlined, click on the link to view the candidate's campaign finance page.
    5. Scroll down that page and the names and summary information regarding all controlled committees (active and terminated) of the candidate will be displayed. More information regarding each committee can be obtained by clicking on the underlined committee name.
  3. Using Cal-Access Search
    1. Go to the "Campaign Finance" page. (You may also reach this site from the Secretary of State's Home Page - by clicking on "Campaign Finance" under "Political Reform.")
    2. Go to the "Cal-Access Search" link in the upper left-hand corner. Enter the last name of the candidate or elected official. Click on "GO." Several seconds may be required to process the query. A list of entities that include the name entered will be displayed.
    3. Find the underlined name of the candidate or elected official in whom you are interested that is followed by "Candidate" in the "Entity Type" column. Click on that link. The candidate's campaign finance page will be displayed.
    4. Scroll down that page and the names and summary information regarding all controlled committees (active and terminated) of the candidate will be displayed. More information regarding each committee can be obtained by clicking on the underlined committee name.

* The name of a committee controlled by one or more candidates for purposes of the election of one or more candidates must include the last name of each candidate that controls the committee with respect to committees that are formed on or after July 1, 2007. (2 CCR 18402(c)(2)) If candidates or their controlled committees, as a group or individually, are major contributors of $50,000 or more, the primarily formed committee name must include the controlling candidate's name. (2 CCR 18402(c)(3)(A))