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Public Ethics Commission

The Public Ethics Commission is an independent commission made up of Oakland residents and charged with ensuring fairness, openness, honesty and integrity in Oakland City government. Our objective is to make sure Oakland public officials and government decision-making processes operate in a fair and unbiased manner, to promote transparency in Oakland government, and to promote public trust in our local political system. The Commission's duties include ensuring compliance with the City of Oakland's government ethics, campaign finance, transparency, and lobbyist registration laws.

In-person hours are currently limited. Drop in hours are on Wednesdays from 1-5pm. If you need to contact our office, please email ethicscommission@oaklandca.gov to make an appointment with staff.

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Measure W | Democracy Dollars | Oakland Fair Elections Act

In November 2022, Oakland voters passed Measure W, the Oakland Fair Elections Act. Measure W enacted several campaign finance reforms that change the way campaigns are typically financed for Oakland candidates. Stay up-to-date as the Commission prepares for Oakland's new Democracy Dollars public campaign financing program scheduled to launch in 2026.

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The Commission has authority to impose penalties for violations of ethics laws, campaign finance laws, and lobbyist registration requirements.

Transparency and Disclosure

State and local disclosure laws are one tool to prevent conflicts of interest with City officials' public duties by shining light on their personal interests. The Public Ethics Commission acts as filing officer for financial disclosure statements filed by candidates, political committees, lobbyists, and designated City employees and officials. Disclosure statements are public records and are available for review online.

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Resources to help City staff, public officials, candidates, lobbyists, contractors doing business with Oakland, and other organizations understand and comply with government integrity laws.

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View resources and upcoming training opportunities for candidates, treasurers, committees, Form 700 filers.

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The Public Ethics Commission is an independent commission made up of Oakland residents and charged with ensuring fairness, openness, honesty and integrity in Oakland City government.

Our objective is to make sure Oakland public officials and government decision-making processes operate in a fair and unbiased manner, to promote transparency in Oakland government, and to promote public trust in our local political system.

The Commission's duties include ensuring compliance with the City of Oakland's government ethics, campaign finance, transparency, and lobbyist registration laws

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In-person service is currently limited. Please contact us by email at ethicscomission@oaklandca.gov for staff assistance.

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