Campaign Disclosure Manuals

The campaign disclosure manuals are user-friendly handbooks prepared to assist candidates, committees, treasurers and others in understanding the Act’s numerous and often detailed rules. The manuals contain examples of common fact patterns, answers to frequently asked questions, and “Quick Tips” to highlight important information. If your question is not answered in the applicable manual, you can Ask the FPPC for Advice.

There are seven manuals categorized by the jurisdiction of the candidate, type of committee, contributor, or organization. And to help you find answers faster, below we have provided links to each chapter within the manuals.

*Campaign Manuals 1-2 have been updated through November 1, 2023.*
*Campaign Manuals 3-6 have been updated through June 1, 2020.*

For information on new laws effective in 2023 please read the 2023 Changes to the Political Reform Act.

New regulations are enacted monthly. For information on new regulations, please visit Newly Adopted, Amended, or Repealed Regulations.


    Campaign Disclosure Manual 1 - Information for State Candidates, Their Controlled Committees, and Primarily Formed Committees for State Candidates

    Campaign Disclosure Manual 2 - Information for Local Candidates, Superior Court Judges, Their Controlled Committees, and Primarily Formed Committees for Local Candidates

    Campaign Disclosure Manual 3 - Information for Ballot Measure Committees

    Campaign Disclosure Manual 4 - Information for General Purpose Committees

    Campaign Disclosure Manual 5 - Information for Major Donor Committees

    Campaign Manual 6 - Information for Independent Expenditure Committees

    Campaign Disclosure Manual 7 - Information for Slate Mailer Organizations