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Candidate and Officeholder Campaign Contribution Limits

Candidates seeking any San Bernardino County elective office are subject to contribution limits from a single source per election. 

Effective Date

Contribution Limit
January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024 $5,500
January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022 $4,900
January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020 $4,700
January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 $4,400
January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016 $4,200

Filing Schedules

Filing schedules are available here.

If a special election is called, please email to request a filing schedule.

Quick Tips

Separate Committee and Campaign Bank Account 
  • For each office you seek, including re-election to the same office, you must establish a new committee and campaign bank account.

Cash Contributions

  • Contributions of $100 or more made by a money order, cashier's check, or travelers cheque are prohibited. 

Electronic Filing

  • Candidates and committees have the option to file electronically.
  • Candidates and committees must file 24 hours reports electronically.


You may request advice by sending an email to

If your question involves a complex legal issue, a formal advice letter may issued. Information on formal advice is available.

Advice Issued

Under the Act, a “controlled committee” is one that is controlled by a “candidate,” which is defined to exclude federal candidates. (Sections 82007 and 82016.)  Because a federal candidate committee is not considered a “controlled committee,” the Act does not specifically address the question of transfers from a federal committee to a state committee of the same candidate.  However, as analyzed in the Morrell Advice Letter, FPPC No. A-03-089, we have previously determined that transfers from a federal campaign committee to a state committee of the same candidate shall also be made pursuant to the attribution rules found in Section 85306 and Commission Regulation 18536.

Because the San Bernardino Ordinance expressly states that words and terms shall be given the same meaning as when they are used in Act, any transfer of campaign funds from a federal candidate committee to a controlled committee for San Bernardino office of the same candidate shall be made pursuant to the Commission’s attribution rules found in Commission Regulation 18536.      

Section 12.4305(b) of the San Bernardino Ordinance allows a contribution “after the date of the election only to the extent that the contribution does not exceed net debts outstanding from the election, and the contribution does not otherwise exceed the applicable contribution limit for the election. ”When an election is determined by an appointment in lieu of election, the determinative question is whether the date of the election is the date on which it is determined that the lone candidate will be appointed by operation of law or the date on which the election would have been held had it not been for the appointment.

In a related provision, Section 12.4305(c) permits a candidate to raise contributions for a general election during a primary election if the contributions are set aside for the general election and refunded to contributors, less any expenses associated with the raising and administration of the funds, upon the candidate’s election to office in a primary election, defeat in the primary election, or withdrawal from the general election.

It is telling that Section 12.4305(c) triggers a refund of general election contributions upon the candidate’s actual election to office as opposed to the date of the scheduled primary election.  For purposes of both Section 12.4305(b) and (c), there is simply no functional distinction between the appointment to office and the candidate’s actual election to office.

Accordingly, the San Bernardino Ordinance permits contributions after the date on which it is determined that the candidate will be appointed to office by operation of law only to the extent permitted under Section 12.4305(b) for net debt outstanding. Any contribution, in excess of net debt outstanding, received after this date must be deposited in a separate campaign account for election to a future term of the same or different office.  (See Section 12.4305(d).)  Moreover, general contributions received prior to this date must be refunded as required by Section 12.4305(c).