News Media Communications Guidelines

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The Fair Political Practices Commission was created by the Political Reform Act of 1974 , the landmark law passed by California voters as Proposition 9. A central purpose of the Act is to provide the voters and public with meaningful disclosure of state and local campaign contributions and expenditures, state lobbying activity, and the economic interests of state and local candidates and designated public officials. Following the letter and spirit of the Act, the Commission's general news media communications guidelines are as follows:

  • To further the purposes of the Political Reform Act, the Commission is committed to policies and procedures for providing public information to the media.


  • Public records are provided by the Commission in accordance with the Political Reform Act, the California Public Records Act (CPRA) and any other applicable authority or regulation.


  • The Commission fully appreciates and recognizes the vital function of the news media in our democratic society. You can contact communications staff directly at 916-322-7761. Additionally, the Commission's website has a media section with links to news releases and advisories, and an e-mail subscription service for Commission news releases and advisories, agenda material, interested persons' notices and other public information.

A great deal of information is available on the Commission's website including the Commission's monthly agenda, which is posted on the website 10 days in advance of each monthly Commission meeting and includes enforcement cases and supporting documents. Other documents on the FPPC website include past Commission agenda and their meeting minutes, staff memoranda, fact sheets, campaign disclosure manuals, forms and their instructions, litigation reports, notices of public interested persons' meetings, and the current Political Reform Act and accompanying regulations.