Outstanding Fines for Late Filings
- If a campaign or lobbying disclosure form is filed with the Secretary of State after a statutory deadline, the filer is liable for a fine of $10 per day late until the form is filed (California Government Code Section 91013). Example: If a disclosure form was due to be filed no later than July 31, but was filed August 15, the filer must pay a $150 fine ($10 multiplied by 15 days). Separate fines are assessed for the late filing of paper and electronic versions of documents for the same period.
- Guidelines for Waiver of Liability of Late Filing Fines .
- If the fine is not paid or a waiver/reduction is not requested within 30 days, a reminder letter is mailed.
- If the fine still is not paid within another 30 days or within 30 days of notice of a reduction in the amount due, a third letter is mailed as a final demand notice.
- For explanations and examples of campaign forms, see Campaign Disclosure Forms.
- For explanations and examples of lobbying forms, see Lobbying Forms & Instructions.