Sample Ballot Statement 13307. (a) (1) Each candidate for nonpartisan elective office in any local agency, including any city, county, city and county, or district, may prepare a candidate’s ballot statement on an appropriate formprovided by the elections official. The ballot statement may include the name, age, and occupation of the candidate and a brief […]
Campaign Finance Forms You Must File These are the campaign finance forms you will need and the order you will need to file them. It is very important to complete form 410 accurately or it will delay your issuance of a committee ID number. First File Form 501 : File the form campaign finance form […]
Independent Campaign Expenditures Independent Campaign Expenditures – Payment for a communication to support or oppose a candidate who is NOT in consultation or in coordination with the candidate or committee has no reporting requirements. If you coordinated with the person or organization who paid for the communication you must report it as a non-monetary contribution. […]
Campaign Banking Each campaign committee that will have expenditures of one thousand dollars or more is required to have a separate bank account. All contributions MUST be deposited into the campaign bank account. All expenditures of the campaign must be paid through the bank account. NEVER commingle your personal funds with those of the campaign […]
Campaign Contributions You must keep detailed records for every contribution you receive. For each campaign contribution of twenty-five dollars or more you must have the name and address of the contributor. You can receive campaign contributions online. You CAN NOT deduct fees from online contributions. Candidates MUST deposit personal loans to the campaign into the […]
Voter Turnout Voter turnout is the percentage of eligible voters who cast a ballot in an election. (Who is eligible varies by country, and should not be confused with the total adult population. For example, some countries discriminate based on sex, race, and/or religion. Age and citizenship are usually among the criteria.) After increasing for […]
Voter Registration To be eligible for voter registration in California, you must be: A United States citizen, A resident of California, 18 years of age or older on Election Day, Not in prison, on parole, serving a state prison sentence in county jail, serving a sentence for a felony pursuant to subdivision (h) of Penal […]
Strategy In Chapter 8 of 17, public affairs and communications strategist Matt Curtis learns effective political campaign management strategy from Sun Tzu’s writings, specifically “Art of War.” Tzu advises to engage the enemy with a common maneuver and defeat the enemy with an uncommon manuever. Curtis concentrates on the innovative, looking for unique ways to […]
Volunteer Recruitment The face of a campaign is the politician. But how does the campaign message reach voters? The volunteers in political campaigns are the driving force behind every level of the effort. Volunteer Recruitment is very important to the success of any political campaign. Don”t short change your campaign effort by paying little […]
Political Lawn Signs Political lawn signs campaign is a way to gain name identification in your district.. And like a consumer product, people more often select brand name that they recognize. On Election Day you want your name to be top of mind with voters because many will vote for the candidate who’s name they […]
Polling In Campaigns A poll is a type of survey or inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people. A random sample is the result of a process whereby a selection of participants is made from a larger population and each subject is chosen entirely by chance. Voting and polling may […]
Polling Statistics Campaigns use statistics to determine likely election outcomes and evaluate campaign strategies. Not all polls are created equally. Often details are buried in footnotes or omitted entirely in news articles that quote the poll. Be informed on how a poll was designed.A poll with a larger sample size is not necessarily the better […]
Sample Press Release
Campaign Finance Reportable Contributions – Campaign Finance Use of candidate funds are contributions – report as loans or contribution All fundraiser ticket sales are a contribution – costs are expenditures Non monetary items are reportable contributions Check with local filing officer local law for additional local laws Report fair market value of donated items […]
Political Laws Political law and The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). The FPPC was created by the Political Reform Act of 1974 (Act), a ballot initiative passed by California voters in 1974 as Proposition 9. To meet its responsibilities under the Act, the Commission adopts and amends regulations. It also develops required forms, prepares manuals […]
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Campaign Finance Reform Starts At The Local Level The Ethics Commission in Los Angeles proposes an increase in public funding available to candidates seek...
Political Reform and Publicly Financed Campaigns Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Sen. Leland Yee campaigned on transparency. According ...
Recruit Volunteers for Your Political Campaign The strength of any local campaign lies in the volunteers. Budget constraints can often be overcome ...