Where to File Campaign Statements (Form 460) - Candidates
The Political Reform Act sets out specific filing requirements and locations for candidates running for state and local office. The information below provides a guide to candidates on where to file campaign statements, how to handle multiple jurisdictions and cross-filing, and information for candidates with multiple state committees.
This chart summarizes only the most common filing requirements for Form 460 (Recipient Committee Campaign Statement). Certain campaign activity may trigger additional reporting requirements.
|Candidate/Officeholder||Where to File||What to File|
Statewide offices, Legislature
County of domicile
Electronically and paper original
Original and one copy
One paper copy
Local agencies with jurisdiction in more than one county
County with the largest number of registered voters in the jurisdiction
County of domicile, if different
Original and one copy
One paper copy
|County Offices||County Elections Office||Original and one copy|
|City Offices||City Clerk||Original and one copy|
State Candidates: State candidates who raise or spend $25,000 or more are required to file electronically with the Secretary of State.
Local Candidates: Local candidates should check with the local jurisdiction to determine if electronic filing is available or required.
Candidates with Multiple Committees
It is not uncommon for a candidate to establish more than one committee for elective office or a committee for other purposes. The FPPC’s Regulation 18405 sets out the filing requirements to ensure that voters in all locations have access to campaign reports.
Multiple Jurisdictions (Cross-Filing)
When an individual is simultaneously a candidate for elective state office and elective local office, or for elective office in two different local jurisdictions, he or she must file campaign statements for all committees he or she controls with both jurisdictions on the dates the candidate is required to file semi-annual and preelection statements. The original statement should be filed with the relevant jurisdiction and a copy with the other location(s).
A San Diego city council member has an existing committee from the city council election. The council member opens another committee to run for State Assembly in a June election. Semi-annual and preelection statements required in connection with the June election are filed as follows:
- Assembly Committee
- Electronic Filers: Secretary of State only – Electronically and paper original
- Non-Electronic Filers: Secretary of State – Original and one copy
- Non-Electronic Filers: City Clerk – One copy
- City Council Committee
- City Clerk – Original and one copy
- Secretary of State – One copy (the copy must be filed electronically if the Assembly Committee is an electronic filer)
Multiple State Committees
When a candidate or elected officer controls more than one state committee (including officeholder accounts, legal defense funds, or ballot measure committees), each of the committees must file preelection statements on the dates the candidate is required to file preelection statements in connection with his or her election to office.
An Assemblymember who is running for Senate in a June election currently has the following controlled committees open: Assembly officeholder account committee, committee for Senate election, and a primarily formed ballot measure committee. All three committees must file the two preelection statements due in connection with the Senate election in June. In addition, since all three are open committees, each committee must file semi-annual statements until it terminates.
NOTE: If a candidate controls a ballot measure committee, the candidate’s election committee is not required to file pursuant to the ballot measure committee filing schedule.
Statutory and Regulatory Authority
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.
How to Request Advice
If you have questions about your obligations under the Act you can request advice directly from FPPC staff