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POLITICAL FINANCE REPORTING CONSULTING

Welcome to Political Reporting Plus

Political Reporting Plus (PR+) is a full service Political Campaign provider, specializing in Political Treasury services including accounting, reporting and consulting with partnerships in all areas of political campaigning such as fundraising, event planning, website design and development, campaign management, GOTV field programs, campaign literature and political advertising.

WHO NEEDS TO FILE A REPORT?
The obvious filer is the elected officeholder or a candidate for an elected office. This includes federal, state and local elected officials, as well as judges, members of special districts such as water, school and college boards.

The not so obvious filer is the corporate or individual major donor, slate mailer committee, independent expenditure committee and political action committee (PAC).

 

10 Reasons Why Your Committee Needs a Professional Treasurer

(From the Fair Political Practice Commission Checklist for State Candidates)

1. File Form 410 (Statement of Organization)

  • Once you receive or spend $1,000 or more in a calendar year, you must file a Form 410 as a recipient committee within 10 days. The name of the committee must include your last name. You must designate a treasurer.

2. File Form 501 (Candidate Intention)

  • You must file Form 501 before soliciting, raising or spending any money in connection with your election. The only exception to this requirement is for personal funds you will spend for a filing fee or ballot statement fee.

3. Keep Good Records

  • All candidates and committees are subject to audit. Detailed records of contributions and expenditures of $25 or more are required and must be retained for at least four years. If contributor information (name, address, occupation, and employer) is not obtained within 60 days, the contribution must be returned.

4. Contribution and Expenditure Limits

  • State candidates are subject to contribution limits (including loans and extensions of credit) and may voluntarily limit campaign expenditures.
  • Contributions to any committee controlled by another state candidate or officeholder (including ballot measure committees) are also subject to limits. There are restrictions on receiving contributions after an election.

5. Itemize Contributions and Expenditures of $100 or More

  • Detailed information must be disclosed for contributors of $100 or more and for expenditures of $100 or more. If contributor information (name, address, occupation, and employer) is not obtained within 60 days of receiving a contribution, the contribution must be returned.

6. Itemize Payments Made by Agents

  • If an agent or independent contractor makes expenditures of $500 or more on your behalf, you must disclose detailed information about the expenditure.

7. Do Not Accept Cash Contributions or Make Cash Expenditures

  • Cash contributions and cash expenditures of $100 or more are prohibited. Anonymous contributions of $100 or more are also prohibited.

8. Electronic Filing

  • If you receive contributions or make expenditures totaling $50,000 or more, you are required to file all Form 460 campaign statements electronically with the Secretary of State. In addition to Form 460, you must electronically file Form 497:
    • Within 10 days if you receive a contribution of $5,000 or more from a single source at any time other than the 90-day election cycle (including after your election); and
    • Within 24 hours if you receive a contribution of $1,000 or more from a single source during the 90-day election cycle.

9. File Campaign Reports On Time

  • Filing schedules are posted on the FPPC website at www.fppc.ca.gov. You must file regular campaign statements (Form 460) disclosing all receipts and expenditures at least twice each year—and up to six times during an election year. Late filing fees and other penalties may be assessed if reports are not filed on time.

10. Use of Campaign Funds

  • Campaign funds may only be used for political, legislative, or governmental purposes. They cannot be used to make independent expenditures to support or oppose other state or local candidates.