Before beginning your campaign, you must declare the office you are seeking. File FPPC Form 501 with the Office of the City Clerk and a copy with the Public Ethics Commission prior to soliciting or accepting campaign contributions.Download Form 501
Candidates MUST deposit funds into a campaign bank account before spending money on their campaign. Only one account may be used for campaign funds. Spending money out-of-pocket on campaign expenses is a violation of state and local law.
Many banks require a Tax ID# to open a campaign bank account. Visit the IRS website to get an ID.
All candidates must disclose information about their personal income and assets. File FPPC Form 700 with the Office of the City Clerk.FPPC Form 700 →
File FPPC Form 410 with the California Secretary of State within 10 days of reaching $2,000 in campaign activity (contributions and expenses).Download Form 410
Register your committee with the Public Ethics Commission by submitting OCRA Form 300 along with a copy of the committee's Statement of Organization (Form 410). You will receive a welcome email with instructions and notifications of upcoming campaign filing deadlines.Download OCRA Form 300
Enter campaign contributions and expenditures, create draft forms, and file statements and reports online from your NetFile account according to deadlines.Log into NetFile →
Learn about Oakland's Democracy Dollars Program, a newly designed public campaign financing program that disperses $100 in Democracy Dollar vouchers to eligible Oakland residents who can then assign the Dollars to the candidate of their choice. Funds available will be announced later this year.Learn more about public financing
The Public Ethics Commission staff is here to help you understand your responsibilities before, during, and after the election. Keep your contact information current, read our advisory notices, and contact the Public Ethics Commission or Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) when you need assistance or advice.Subscribe for updates →
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