After the Election

 

IMPORTANT!

When the election is over, remember that your responsibilities as a candidate or treasurer are not yet finished.  Future activities depend on whether you won or lost.  But all candidates -- successful and unsuccessful -- must continue filing campaign statements until the committee is terminated.

Congratulations on your win!  You may choose to leave your committee open or to terminate it.  Remember though, even if you are not raising or spending funds, you must continue filing campaign reports in a timely manner if your committee is open.

Ongoing Responsibilities

  • Form 470 -- annually, for elected officials who do not have a committee and whose contributions and expenditures are less than $2000 in the aggregate
  • Form 460 -- regulary, for elected officials who have an open committee and whose contributions and expenditures are $2000 or more in the aggregate
  • Form 497 -- for State elected officials who receive contributions of $5000 or more, in the aggregate, from a single contributor outside of the 90 days before an election (does not apply to local candidates)
  • $50 SOS Fee -- annually, for elected officials who have an open committee

For more information on when to file campaign reports, see the filing schedule section of our website.

 

Debt

Elected officials may leave their committees open to continue raising funds to pay off debt from their campaign.  Remember to continue filing timely campaign reports.

 

Future Election

Elected officials may transfer leftover funds to a new committee if they would like to run for office again.  When candidates are ready to run for office again...

  • State candidates must... 
    • complete Form 501 and
    • complete a new Form 410 and
    • open a new bank account for the future committee and
    • use LIFO/FIFO method to report transferred funds and
    • not have net debt outstanding or
    • not transfer surplus funds
  • Local candidates running for the same office must...
    • complete Form 501 and
    • amend Form 410 
  • Local candidates running for a different office must ...
    • complete Form 501 and
    • complete a new Form 410 and
    • open a new bank account for the new committee
    • use LIFO/FIFO method to report transferred funds and
    • not have net debt outstanding or 
    • not transfer surplus funds

Note:  Local candidates should check with their filing officials to verify that local ordinances allow for funds to be transferred.

 

Terminating Your Committee

You may only terminate your committee if:

  • You have filed all required campaign statements and
  • Your final campaign statement has $0 balance and
  • You do not anticipate receiving further contributions and
  • You do not anticipate making further expenditures and
  • You are not expecting a refund on your ballot statement or filing fees that were paid out of committee funds.

Once all of these criteria are met, you may terminate your committee by filing the following:

Be sure to mark the "Termination" box on both forms.

 

For more information on reports and other post-election requirements, please see FPPC's Filing Schedules and Campaign Disclosure Manuals.

You may choose to leave your committee open or to terminate it.  Remember though, even if you are not raising or spending funds, you must continue filing campaign reports in a timely manner if your committee is open.

Reports

  • Form 470 -- If your committee raised less than $2,000 and you submitted a Form 470, you have no further reporting requirements.
  • Form 460 -- If your committee has been filing Form 460, there is no deadline for terminating the committee or disposing remaining funds, but you must continue to timely file your campaign statements.
  • Form 497 -- If your State committee is open and receives contributions of $5000 or more, in the aggregate, from a single contributor outside of the 90 days before an election (does not apply to local candidates), you must file this report.
  • $50 SOS Fee -- Pay annually so long as your committee is open.

For more information on reports and other post-election requirements, please see FPPC's Filing Schedules and Campaign Disclosure Manuals.

 

Surplus Funds!

Funds become surplus 90 days after the end of the reporting period after the election (near the end of March for November elections, and near the end of September for June elections).  Once funds become surplus they cannot be used for future elections.  Unsuccessful candidates must terminate the committee or re-designate the committee for a future election within the 90 days.

 

Debt

Candidates may continue to raise funds to pay off debt from their campaign.  Remember to continue filing regular campaign reports if your committee is open.

 

Future Election

Candidates may transfer leftover funds to a new committee if they would like to run for office again, but they must do so before the funds become surplus. Within the 90 days after the end of the reporting period after the election, candidates must...

  • Complete Form 501 and
  • Complete a new Form 410 and
  • Open a new bank account for the future committee and
  • Use LIFO/FIFO method to report transferred funds and
  • Not have net debt outstanding or
  • Not transfer surplus funds

Note:  Local candidates should check with their filing officials to verify that local ordinanaces allow for funds to be transferred.

 

Terminating Your Committee

You may only terminate your committee if:

  • You have filed all required campaign statements and
  • Your final campaign statement has $0 balance and
  • You do not anticipate receiving further contributions and
  • You do not anticipate making further expenditures and
  • You are not expecting a refund on your ballot statement or filing fees that were paid out of committee funds.

Once all of these criteria are met, you may terminate your committee by filing the following:

Be sure to mark the "Termination" box on both forms.

 

For more information on your responsibilities after the election, please review our Campaign Disclosure Manuals.

The following are from the Political Reform Act and FPPC Regulations.

Surplus Campaign Funds

Section 89519             Use of Surplus Funds
Regulation 18951        Surplus Funds

 

Money Management

Section 89511.5          Use of Personal Funds for Incumbent Elected Officers
Section 89512             Expenditures Associated with Seeking or Holding Office
Regulation 18525        Incumbent Candidates' Election Expenses and Officeholder Expenses
Regulation 18531.61   Treatment of Debts Outstanding After an Election
Regulation 18536        Transfer and Attribution of Contributions
Regulation 18901        Mass Mailings Sent at Public Expense

 

Committee Termination

Section 84214             Termination
Regulation 18404        Termination of Candidate’s and Committees’ Filing Requirements
Regulation 18404.1     Termination and Reopening of Committees
Regulation 18404.2     Administrative Termination

 

This toolkit provides guidance and a general overview of the rules for campaigns, but it does not replace any requirements under the Political Reform Act or Fair Political Practices Commission Regulations.  Information here should be used in conjunction with a careful review of the applicable laws.