CAL-ACCESS FAQs Section 1 Question 21
How do I find out the name of the treasurer of a committee?
Cal-Access does not provide the name of a committee treasurer, per se, although the telephone number of the filer is provided in the "General Information" portion of the committee page. The name of the treasurer can often be found by calling that number.
The name of the treasurer of a committee is indicated on the committee's "Statement of Organization" (Form 410) filed with the Secretary of State. The initial "Statement of Organization" ordinarily cannot be viewed online. It may be viewed without charge at the Secretary of State's office at 1500 11th Street, Room 495, Sacramento, California 95814. Copies may be purchased for ten cents per page. (Note: Some "Statements of Organization" (Form 410) can be viewed online in PDF format if filed online/electronically by the committee. To determine if the statement has been filed online/electronically, view the "Electronic Filings" of the committee as explained in the answer to Question 6.)
- If the committee has filed a Form 450 or 460 online or electronically, the name of the treasurer can be found by viewing that form. To do that:
- 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.")
- Click on the "Committees, Parties, Major Donors & Slate Mailers" link. This will bring up the "Committees, Parties, Major Donors and Slate Mailers" page.
- On this page, select "All" for committee type and the election in which you are interested. The request may take a few seconds to process. A list of committees in alphabetical order will be displayed. (You may be able to use "Cal Access Search" to locate the committee if you know part of its name or if you know its ID number. See the answer to Question 7.)
- Scroll down the page to find the committee in which you are interested. Click on that name. Information about that committee will be displayed.
- Under "View Information," select "Electronic Filings." A list of "Electronic Filings" will be displayed if any filings have been submitted online or electronically.
- Look for links that say "RECIPIENT COMMITTEE CAMPAIGN STATEMENT (F460)" or "RECIPIENT COMMITTEE CAMPAIGN STATEMENT (F450)." Click on that link. An image of the filing will be displayed. The name of the treasurer will be indicated in the second column on page 1, along with a city, state and ZIP code. (Note that Forms 461, 496 and 497 filed online or electronically do not contain the names of committee treasurers. However, Form 461 does display the name of the "responsible officer" if one is indicated in the filing.)
- Note that the street address of the treasurer contained in the filing is not displayed. California law prohibits displaying on Cal-Access street addresses contained in these online or electronic filings. (See answer to Question 13.) (Government Code section 84602(d))
- If you know approximately when the committee or entity filed a document online or electronically with the Secretary of State, the name of the treasurer or responsible officer might be identified using "Advanced Search" as indicated in the answer to Question 20. Enter the date range of the document filing, but leave the field for the name of the treasurer blank. The request may take several seconds to process. The search will indicate the documents filed within the range of dates indicated and information about the filing, including the name of the treasurer or responsible party.