Campaign Disclosure Forms



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Form 400: Statement of Organization (Slate Mailer Organization)
Filer: Slate mailer organization (SMO)
Purpose: This registration statement (for slate mailer organizations) is used to issue ID#'s and identify individuals who control the selection of candidates or measures included in slate mailers. This form is also used to update base record registration information.
Period Covered: SMO's must register within 10 days of receiving a promise or payment of $500 or more for the purpose of producing one or more slate mailers.
Form 401: Slate Mailer Organization Campaign Statement
Filer: Slate mailer organization (SMO)
Purpose: This disclosure statement is used to disclose payments made or received from persons for the purpose of supporting or opposing candidates or measures in a slate mailer. This form also identifies each candidate or measure included in the slate mailer for which the SMO did not receive a payment.
Period Covered: SMO's are subject to pre-election statements (whenever they receive or spend $500 or more during a pre-election period to produce a slate mailer) and semi-annual statements regardless of activity.
Form 402: Statement of Termination (Slate Mailer Organization)
Filer: Slate mailer organization (SMO)
Purpose: This statement is used to terminate the filer's ongoing filing obligations.
Period Covered: The Statement of Termination can be filed at any time when the SMO is no longer active, has filed all required campaign statements, and anticipates no further activity.
Form 410: Statement of Organization
Filer: Recipient committees
Purpose: This committee registration statement is used to obtain an ID# and identifies the purpose of the committee. Candidates use this form to report bank account information. The cover page of this form is used to terminate the committee's filing status. This form is also used to update base record registration information.
Period Covered: Filers must register within 10 days of receiving aggregate contributions of $1,000 or more in a calendar year to support or oppose California state and/or local candidates, measures, and PAC's. A committee, which qualifies during the 16 days before an election, (in which it would be subject to pre-election statements) incurs 24-hr. filing requirements.
Form 425: Semi-Annual Statement of No Activity
Filer: This form is used by any recipient committee (excluding candidate controlled campaign committees) which has no activity during the subject 6-month filing period.
Purpose: This semi-annual statement is used to declare that no contributions and no expenditures have been received or made during a 6-month reporting period.
Period Covered: This statement covers only a six-month period for either the first or second half of the calendar year.
Form 450: Recipient Committee Campaign Statement (Short Form)
Filer: This form is used by recipient committees (excluding candidate controlled campaign committees) which have no receipts of $100 or more and no outstanding loans or accrued expenses.
Purpose: This statement is used to disclose contributions and independent expenditures, as well as the filer's total financial activity, for various periodic reports in lieu of the longer Form 460. This form is also used as an amendment.
Period Covered: The period covered varies across filer types and filing requirements, depending on the amount, level and type of activity.
Form 460: Recipient Committee Campaign Statement
Filer: All recipient committees.
Purpose: This statement is used to disclose receipts and expenditures, as well as the filer's total financial activity, for various periodic reports. This form is also used as an amendment to update missing or incorrect information.
Period Covered: The period covered varies across filer types and filing requirements, depending on the amount, level and type of activity.
Form 461: Major Donor and Independent Expenditure Committee Campaign Statement
Filer: Major donor committees (which make contributions of $10,000 or more in a calendar year) and independent expenditure committees (which make independent expenditures of $1,000 or more in a calendar year to influence our local and state elections)
Purpose: This statement is used to disclose contributions and independent expenditures for various periodic reports, as well as the business interests of the filer. This form is also used as an amendment.
Period Covered: The period covered varies in connection with different filing requirements, depending on the amount, level and type of activity.
Form 462: Verification of Independent Expenditures
Filer: Principal officer, candidate, officeholder or ballot measure proponent affiliated with or controlling committees making independent expenditures
Purpose: This verification statement confirms that independent expenditures made to support or oppose candidates or ballot measures are not coordinated with affected candidates or measure committees, and confirms disclosure of all contributions and reimbursements to the committee making independent expenditures as required by law.
Period Covered: Due within 10 days of the date on which aggregate independent expenditures total $1,000 to support or oppose a candidate or ballot measure in a calendar year. This form is filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission by email only with the original retained in the committee's campaign records. Additional information available online at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/index.php?id=271.
Form 465: Supplemental Independent Expenditure Report (SIE)
Filer: All filer types (except Slate Mailer Organization's)
Purpose: The statement is used to disclose information in the jurisdiction of an election regarding independent expenditures of $1,000 or more to support or oppose a single candidate, a single measure, or the qualification of a measure.
Period Covered: The period covered is the same period as the candidate or measure committee (being supported or opposed by the independent expenditure) is required to file.
Form 470: Officeholder and Candidate Campaign Statement Short Form - and - Form 470 Supplement
Filer: Any candidate or officeholder who does not have a controlled committee and who does not intend to raise or spend $1,000 or more in a calendar year
Purpose: This statement is used to declare that the candidate/officeholder has no intention of receiving or spending $1,000 or more in a calendar year.
Period Covered: Calendar year
Form 495: Supplemental Pre-Election Campaign Statement
Filer: Any recipient committee that contributes an aggregate amount of $10,000 or more in connection with an off-year election (when regular pre-election statements are not required)
Purpose: This statement is used to disclose total contributions made in connection with an off-year election. The Form 495 is attached to the filer's completed Form 450 or 460.
Period Covered: The statement covers the period beginning six months prior to the off-year election and ends 17 days before the off-year election.
Form 496: Late Independent Expenditure Report (LIE)
Filer: All filer types (except SMO's)
Purpose: This statement is used to disclose independent expenditures of $1,000 or more to support or oppose a single candidate or a single measure in the jurisdiction of the election during the 16 days before an election. If this 16-day late independent expenditure is required to be reported to the Secretary of State, the report shall be by online or electronic transmission only. Otherwise, this report must be submitted on paper or by fax to the appropriate filing officer. Electronic filers, who make independent expenditures of $1,000 or more to support or oppose a state candidate or a state measure during the 90 days before an election are not subject to this paper or fax requirement but are subject to the special online independent expenditure report. This report is also used to disclose the filer's receipts after the closing date of the last campaign statement on file through the date of the independent expenditure, or January 1 if no previous campaign statement has been filed.
Period Covered: This report must be filed within 24 hours for both the traditional 16-day LIE and the online 90-day LIE.
Form 497: Late Contribution Report (LCR)
Filer: All filer types (except SMO's)
Purpose: This statement is used to disclose late contributions (received or made) of $1,000 or more during the 16 days before an election. If this 16-day late contribution report must be reported to the Secretary of State, the report shall be by online or electronic transmission only. Otherwise, this report must be submitted on paper or by fax to the appropriate filing officer. Electronic state candidates and measure committees use this form to disclose the receipt of contributions of $1,000 or more during the 90 days before an election. Such electronic filers are not subject to the 16-day paper or fax requirement when they receive contributions of $1,000 or more during the 16 days before an election. Electronic state candidates and measure committees also use this form to disclose the receipt of contributions of $5,000 or more, which is required at any time prior to the 90-day election-cycle report. This form is also used as an amendment.
Period Covered: This report must be filed within 24 hours for both the traditional 16-day LCR and the $1,000 online election-cycle report. The $5,000 online report must be filed within 10 business days.
Form 498: Slate Mailer Late Payment Report (LPR)
Filer: Slate mailer organization (SMO)
Purpose: This report is used to disclose late payments (received) of $2,500 or more from a single source to support or oppose candidates and/or measures in a slate mailer during the 16 days before an election. If this late payment report must be reported to the Secretary of State, the report shall be by online or electronic transmission only. Otherwise, this report must be submitted on paper or by fax to the appropriate filing officer. This report is subject to additional electronic filing requirements and is also used as an amendment.
Period Covered: This report must be filed within 24 hours for electronic filing and paper/fax requirements.
Form 501: Candidate Intention Statement
Filer: Candidates
Purpose: This statement is used to declare one's intention to run for a specific office and also used by state candidates to accept or reject the voluntary state spending limits. This form is used (by state candidates) to accept the state spending limits in the general election, if they have not exceeded the limits in the primary election. This form is also used to notify the SOS when they have received personal contributions in excess of the spending limits. The SOS posts state-level 501's on their website.
Period Covered: This form must be filed before the receipt of any contribution or before the expenditure of personal funds for qualifying campaign expenses.
Form 511: Paid Spokesperson Report
Filer: A committee that makes a payment of $5,000 or more to a spokesperson
Purpose: This report is used to disclose payments made to paid spokespersons in connection with ads to promote ballot measures. This form is also used as an amendment.
Period Covered: This report must be filed within 10 days of making an aggregate payment of $5,000 or more to a paid spokesperson for any ballot measure ad.
Form E-530: Communications Identifying Candidates/Issue Advocacy - State Candidates
Filer: Any person who engages in communications that are deemed "issue advocacy," as defined below
Purpose: This online-only form is used by anyone spending or promising to pay $50,000 or more for a communication disseminated within 45 days of an election that identifies or features a state candidate, but does not expressly advocate the candidate's election or defeat. If the person filing the report receives payment, or promise of payment, of $5,000 or more from any one source for the purpose of funding such a communication, this form is also used to disclose additional information about the funding source(s).
Period Covered: The requirements for this form occur within 45 days of an election. Specifically, the form must be filed within 48 hours of the payment being made or promised.
Form 900: Public Employees' Retirement Board Candidate Campaign Statement
Filer: PERS Candidates
Purpose: This statement is used to disclose contributions received and payments made. This form is used as a pre-election, pre-runoff or a semi-annual campaign statement.
Period Covered: A pre-election statement is due no later than two days before the first day of the ballot period. A second pre-election statement is due two days before the deadline to return ballots. If a runoff election is held, a pre-runoff statement is due no later than two days before the deadline to return runoff ballots. A semi-annual statement is due no later than July 31 for the period ending June 30, and no later than January 31 of the following year for the period ending December 31.
PRD-1: Request For Waiver of Liability
Filer: Any late campaign or lobbying filer.
Purpose: This form is used to request a waiver of fines assessed for filing a statement or report after the filing deadline. The form must be signed under penalty of perjury by the filer. Adequate documentation must support "good cause" reasons.
Period Covered: Period covered on late statement or report.
PRD-2: Request For Reconsideration
Filer: Any late campaign or lobbying filer.
Purpose: This form is used to request reconsideration of a denied request for waiver of liability based on compelling circumstantial evidence or additional documentation not mentioned in the original waiver request. Additional compelling evidence or documentation must support "good cause" reasons. The form must be signed under penalty of perjury by the filer.
Period Covered: Period covered on late statement or report.

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