Fair Political Practices Commission Forms and Deadlines

Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)
FPPC Toll-Free Advice Line 1-866-ASK FPPC
Email: advice@fppc.gov
Website: http://www.fppc.ca.gov/

Campaign Disclosure Forms
The table lists the campaign forms most commonly used by candidates for elected office. Column 1 is for individuals who plan to raise/spend less than $2,000 for election purposes and column 2 for those planning to raise/spend more than $2,000.

RAISE / SPEND
LESS THAN $2,000
RAISE / SPEND
$2,000 OR MORE

Getting Started Forms

FPPC Form 501: Candidate Intention Statement

FPPC Form 501: Candidate Intention Statement

FPPC Form 410: Statement of Organization for Recipient Committee

Keeping Track Forms

FPPC Form 470: Officeholder and Candidate Campaign Statement – Short Form

FPPC Form 460: Recipient Committee Campaign Statement

FPPC Form 496: Late Independent Expenditures of $1,000 or more (last 90 days before an election only)

FPPC Form 497: Late Contributions of $1,000 or more (last 90 days before an election only)

 

Filing Deadlines

Deadline Period FPPC Form Description

July 31

(Semi-Annual Statement)

January 1 thru June 30

460

470

  • All committees or candidates must file Form 460 or 470 by said deadline.
  • Incumbents and candidates who filed candidacy papers on or before June 30, and who do not have open committees must file Form 470. (See Form 470 bullet below.)
  • Two Pre-Election Statements (Form 460) are also due for candidates on the ballot.

January 31

(Semi-Annual Statement )

July 1 thru December 31

460

  • All open committees must file this Statement.

Within 24 hours of receipt

during the 90 days immediately preceding the election (even years only)

496

497

  • 496: File if independent expenditures of $1,000 or more are made.
  • 497: File if a contribution of $1,000 or more is received.

 

DESCRIPTION OF CAMPAIGN FORMS
Below is a brief description of the campaign forms used by the Fair Political Practices Commission. Refer to the campaign manual for specific filing requirements.

Pre-Election Statements:

  • FPPC Form 501: Candidate Intention Statement – The Form 501 is filed each election by candidates; notifies interested persons that an individual intends to run for a specific office.
  • FPPC Form 410: Statement of Organization - The Form 410 must be filed within 10 days of receiving $2,000 in contributions. When filing the Form 410, include a $50 payment made payable to the Secretary of State. If your committee has not yet reached the $2,000 threshold, mark the “not yet qualified” box. The $50 fee is requested at this time but is not legally required until the group qualifies as a committee.

Semi-Annual / Pre-Election Campaign Disclosure Forms:

  • FPPC Form 460: Consolidated Campaign Disclosure Statement - The Form 460 is filed by recipient committees to report expenditures and contributions. The Form 460 can be used to file a pre-election statement, semi-annual statement, quarterly statement, termination statement, special odd-year report, or an amendment to a previously filed statement.  Form required to be filed once committee has qualified and until terminated.
  • FPPC Form 470: Officeholder/Candidate Campaign Statement (Short Form) - The Form 470 is filed by officeholders and candidates who do not have a controlled committee, do not receive contributions totaling $2,000 or more during the calendar year, and do not spend $2,000 or more during the calendar year.

Disclosure of contributions/expenditures that total $1,000 the final 90 days before an election:

  • FPPC Form 496: Late Independent Expenditure - The Form 496 is filed by committees that make independent expenditures whose combined total is $1,000 or more to support or oppose a single candidate for elective office, or a single ballot measure. File the Form 496 within 24-hours of making the expenditure during the 90 days immediately preceding the election.

CAMPAIGN REPORTING
The Political Reform Act of 1974 is codified in Government Code sections 81000 through 91015.  The Act requires all candidates, office holders, and committees supporting or opposing candidates or ballot measures to file campaign statements. The statements are designed to inform voters about:

  • who is contributing to candidate and/or committee
  • how much is being contributed
  • accrued expenses reported

Failure to file the appropriate statements and reports can result in substantive criminal, civil, and/or administrative penalties.

Detailed information on campaign reporting requirements are contained in FPPC Campaign Disclosure Manual 2. Manual 2 details campaign reporting guidelines for local candidates and is included in the election packet provided by the Clerk’s Office. Specific questions should be directed to the FPPC. Information is available on the Commission’s website (www.fppc.ca.gov) or through a toll-free advice line at 1-866-ASK-FPPC.