Reporting Behested Payments
Under California's transparency laws, an elected official who fundraises or otherwise solicits payments from one individual or organization to be given to another individual or organization may be required to report the payment. Generally, a payment is considered "behested" and subject to reporting if:
- it is made at the request, suggestion, or solicitation of, or made in cooperation, consultation, coordination or concert with the public official;
- it is made for a legislative, governmental or charitable purpose; and
- it does not qualify as a gift (made for personal purposes), or a contribution (made for election-related activity) to the elected official.
Form 803 - e-File Behested Payment Report (State officials can e-file!)
Form 803 - Paper Copy Behested Payment Report
State Officials: File Form 803 with your agency. Within 30 days of receipt, the state agency must forward a copy to the FPPC: 1102 Q Street, Suite 3000, Sacramento, CA 95811, or email: Form803@fppc.ca.gov. OR you may e-file. using the link above.
Local Officials: File Form 803 with your agency. Within 30 days of receipt, the agency must forward a copy to the filing officer who receives the official's original campaign statements.
Search Behested Payments
Behested payment reports by members of the Assembly, Senate and statewide elected officials are maintained by the FPPC. The FPPC has a dedicated webpage to search behested payment reports. This information is updated on a regular basis. Copies of the full reports are available at the FPPC office in Sacramento.
How to Request Advice
If you have questions about your obligations under the Act you can request advice directly from FPPC staff