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Campaign Committees - Forms and Manuals

 

Manuals, Guides and Filing Schedules

Manuals & Guides

Guide Name Location/File Type File Size
FPPC Campaign Disclosure Manual C
Information for General Purpose Committees (including Sponsored Committees, Political Party Committees, and County Central Committees)
PDF available from the FPPC 2.9mb

2007 Addendum
Use to Supplement 1995/96 Campaign Disclosure Manuals C and E

PDF available from the FPPC N/A
FPPC Campaign Disclosure Manual 3
Information for Committees Primarily Formed to Support or Oppose a Ballot Measure
PDF available from the FPPC N/A
SFEC Guide for Treasurers of Recipient Committees other than Candidate-Controlled Committees PDF 193k
SFEC Information for Persons Making Expenditures Relating to Candidates for City Elective Office HTML N/A
SFEC Contributor Guide HTML N/A

Filing Schedules

What You Need to Get Started

Required Training for Committee Treasurers

Review the training schedule for candidates and treasurers in the Training Section.

Form Name Form # Location / File Type File Size
Training for Candidates and Treasurers Form
File an original and a copy with the Ethics Commission
SFEC-107 PDF / Word 119k / 55k

Establishing the Committee

Form Name Form # Location / File Type File Size
Statement of Organization
File the original signed copy and a duplicate copy with the Secretary of State and two duplicate copies with the Ethics Commission
FPPC Form 410 PDF available from the FPPC N/A

Notice for Initiative, Recall and Referendum Petitions

Form Name Form # Location / File Type File Size
Important Notice for Initiative, Recall and Referendum Petitions
File a copy via fax or personal delivery with the Ethics Commission
SFEC-113 PDF / Word 72k / 55k

Disclosure Statements

Financial Disclosure Reporting

Form Name Form # Location/File Type File Size
Semi-Annual Statement of No Activity
File an original and a copy with the Ethics Commission
FPPC Form 425 PDF available from the FPPC N/A
Recipient Committee Campaign Statement – Short Form
File an electronic statement with the Ethics Commission
FPPC Form 450 E-File N/A
Recipient Committee Campaign Statement
File an electronic statement with the Ethics Commission
FPPC Form 460 E-File N/A
Verification of Independent Expenditures
File by email with the Fair Political Practices Commission. The originally signed form must be maintained with the committee's campaign records.
FPPC Form 462 PDF available from the FPPC N/A
Supplemental Independent Expenditure Report
File an electronic statement with the Ethics Commission
FPPC Form 465 E-File
N/A
Supplemental Pre-Election Campaign Statement
File an original and a copy with the Ethics Commission
FPPC Form 495 PDF available from the FPPC N/A
Late Independent Expenditure Report
File an electronic statement with the Ethics Commission
FPPC Form 496 E-File N/A
Late Contribution Report
File an electronic statement with the Ethics Commission
FPPC Form 497 E-File N/A

Third Party Disclosure Regarding San Francisco Candidates

Form Name Form # Location/File Type File Size
Third Party Disclosure Form Regarding San Francisco Candidates
File an original and a copy with the Ethics Commission
N/A PDF / Word 202k / 191k

Public Financing

Form Name Form # Location / File Type File Size
Request to Receive Notice of the Ethics Commission's Certification of a Candidate's Eligibility to Receive Public funds
File an original and a copy with the Ethics Commission
SFEC-152(c) PDF / Word 86k / 52k

Preparing for an Audit

Each committee's campaign activity may be subject to audit by the Ethics Commission, the FPPC or the Franchise Tax Board. Audits are conducted to determine whether candidates and committees have complied with applicable requirements and prohibitions imposed by State and local law. The Ethics Commission randomly selects candidates and committees for audit. Local law requires the Ethics Commission to audit all candidates who receive public funds.

Fines

Any person who violates any of the reporting requirements or contribution or expenditure limitations, including both paper and electronic reporting requirements, set forth in state or local law, may be subject to fines, penalties and/or imprisonment. Fines vary depending on the violation but potentially are significant—and can be as much as three times the amount of money received or spent in excess of legal limits. In addition to any other penalties that may be imposed, late fees for filing any copy of a statement or report filed after the deadline are $10 per day for paper filings, limited to the amount of activity during the reporting period or $100, whichever is greater. In addition, there is a $25 per day fee for electronic statements or reports filed after the deadline, limited to the amount of activity during the reporting period or $250, whichever is greater.

Contributions Received by Committees

On September 20, 2007, Judge Jeffrey White of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 1.114(c)(1) and 1.114(c)(2) and Ethics Commission Regulation 1.114-2. The law has not been repealed, and the case is ongoing, but in accordance with the court's order the City currently is not enforcing the contribution limit set forth in those sections. We will report any further developments in the case on this site.