Political Reform Division

NOTICE: Complying with Original Signature Requirements during the COVID-19 Crisis

The California Secretary of State, Political Reform Division is aware that some filers are finding it difficult or impossible to obtain original signatures during the COVID-19 crisis. For further information on this topic, please review: Guidance to Filers re Original Signatures (PDF).

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.

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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

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What is Cal-Access?

Cal-Access provides financial information supplied by state candidates, donors, lobbyists, and others. Simply start by selecting either Campaign Finance Activity, Lobbying Activity, or Cal-Access Resources and we will guide you to the information.

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Every ten years, people across the country, including Californians, fill out the Census in order to have an accurate count of all people in the United States. The Census helps determine California’s federal funding for important community services that help support our families.

For this reason, we are launching the California Census Challenge to help increase the response rates of each of California’s 482 cities and 58 counties. The California Census Challenge’s goal is for California to have a complete and accurate count, while decreasing the need for at-home visits during the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing the low-responding census tracts. If the current lack of responses throughout the state are not addressed, California may drastically undercount its residents, leading to a loss of funding and representation for the next ten years.

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