California Public Records Act (CPRA)
The California Public Records Act protects the rights of journalists and members of the public to request information from government agencies. If you would like to request something from the FPPC, the material below will help you to understand how the process works.
If you are ready to submit your request Download The Public Records Request Form.
Please email all requests for public records to firstname.lastname@example.org
Form 700's (Statement of Economic Interests)
A commonly requested document are Form 700s for public officials; however, it’s not necessary to submit a CPRA request to obtain these forms. To promote compliance and increase transparency in government, the Form 700s for many local and state officials can be searched here.
To request a Form 700 that is not on our website, email email@example.com.
The Act specifies when and where candidates and committees must file campaign statements. However, candidates and committees do not file campaign statements with the FPPC.
Generally, candidates and committees involved in state elections (constitutional officers, Senate, Assembly, statewide ballot measures) file with the Secretary of State’s office, while those involved in county, city or special district elections file with the local elections office. You should contact the appropriate filling office if you wish to obtain copies of campaign statements.
The Political Reform Division of the Secretary of State’s office provides public access to campaign statements in its possession, and makes some of the statements it receives available electronically: Secretary of State: Political Reform Division.
Guidelines for Access to Public Records
Requests can be submitted via email, telephone, or letter.
Please provide the following information:
- The name of the requestor.
- A mailing address, telephone number and/or email address.
- A description of the records requested.
Logging and Tracking
CPRA requests will be logged and assigned a number for tracking purposes by the Commission. Requests for public records and our response are themselves public records that may be requested.
Transmittal and Cost
- Responses will generally be mailed or emailed.
- The Commission charges 10 cents per page for copies (including copies that are made for email).
- If the copying charges are $5 or less, we will provde the documents at no charge.
- The Commission charges $5 per CD for electronic versions of certain documents (if available in electronic form).
The practice of the Commission is to strive to fully comply with the request within ten calendar days. If this is not possible, the Commission will notify you with an estimate of the date the records will be made available.
The ten-day response period starts with the first calendar day after the date of receipt. If the request is received after 5pm on a weekday, or on a weekend or holiday, the next business day will be considered the date of receipt.