Where to File Campaign Statements - Judicial Candidates

The Political Reform Act requires judicial candidates and committees to file campaign statements. The information below provides a guide to judicial candidates on the different statements that may be required and where to file each statement. 

The following charts describe the different types of statements that may be required by judicial candidates, depending on the amount of money the candidate will raise or spend and whether the candidate will be listed on a ballot. These charts contain only the most common campaign statement reporting requirements. Certain campaign activity may trigger additional reporting requirements. 

Judicial Candidates Listed on a Ballot Who Will Raise/Spend $2,000 or More

 

                 Form                       Where to File                                              What to File          
Form 501 (Candidate Intention Statement) Secretary of State Original
Form 410 (Statement of Organization) Secretary of State Original
Form 460 (Recipient Committee Campaign Statement)

Electronic Filers

Secretary of State

 

Electronically and paper original

Form 460 (Recipient Committee Campaign Statement)

Non-Electronic Filers

Secretary of State

County of Domicile

 

Original and one copy

One copy

Form 497 (24-hour Contribution Report) Secretary of State All Form 497s are filed electronically even if the $25,000 electronic filing threshold has not been met

Electronic Filing

Judicial candidates who raise or spend $25,000 or more are required to file electronically with the Secretary of State.

Judicial Candidates Listed on a Ballot Who Will Raise/Spend Less Than $2,000

 

                              Candidate/Officeholder Where to File                           What to File                        
Form 501 (Candidate Intention Statement) - not required if personal funds are used only for filing/ballot fees and no funds are received from others Secretary of State Original
Form 470 (Officeholder and Candidate Campaign Statement - Short Form)

Secretary of State

County of Domicile

Original
 

One paper copy

Judicial Candidates and Judges Not Listed on a Ballot

Non-incumbent candidates and incumbent judges not listed on a ballot, and who do not receive any contributions in a six month period, are not required to file the Form 470 or Form 460.

For additional information, see Campaign Disclosure Manual 2.

Statutory Authority

Government Code sections 84200, 84200.5, 84203, 84215, and 84605

You should not rely on this webpage alone to ensure compliance with the Act. If you have any questions, you can Ask the FPPC for Advice.