Statement of Organization Recipient Committee

Who Files

Recipient Committees:

Persons (including an officeholder or candidate), organizations, groups, or other entities that raise contributions from others totaling $2,000 or more in a calendar year to spend on California elections. They must register with the Secretary of State and report all receipts and expenditures. “Contributions” include monetary payments, loans and non-monetary goods and services received or made for a political purpose.

Candidates:

The personal funds of a candidate or officeholder used to seek or hold elective office are contributions and count toward qualifying as a recipient committee. However, personal funds used to pay a candidate filing fee or a fee for the statement of qualifications to appear in the ballot pamphlet do not count toward the $2,000 threshold.

Multipurpose Organizations:

A nonprofit organization, federal or out-of-state PAC, or other multipurpose organization that makes contributions or expenditures in California elections may also be required to register as a recipient committee with the Secretary of State. See the Fact Sheet on Multipurpose Organizations Reporting Political Spending and the Supplemental Form 410 Instructions.

When to File

File this form within 10 days of receiving $2,000 in contributions. Include a $50 payment made payable to the Secretary of State. Thereafter, the $50 fee is due annually no later than January 15. In addition to the $50 fee, a penalty of $150 may be assessed if payment is late.

For early submissions, mark the “not yet qualified” box. The $50 fee is requested at this time but is not legally required until the committee qualification threshold has been met.

Where to File

All Committees:

Form 410 with original ink signature(s)
Secretary of State
Political Reform Division
1500 11th Street, Rm 495
Sacramento, CA 95814

County & City Committees

Also file a copy with the local filing officer who will receive the original campaign statements.

Read instructions carefully as a Form 410 will be rejected if all applicable sections are not completed.

Committee ID Number

The committee’s ID number will be posted at cal-access.sos.ca.gov. To receive an official, stamped copy of your approved Form 410, send a request, the original form, two copies of the form, and a selfaddressed, stamped envelope, to the Secretary of State.

Amendments

When information contained in the committee’s Statement of Organization changes, file an amendment within 10 days of the change with the Secretary of State and local filing officer (if applicable). During the period 16 days before an election, file an amendment within 24 hours as described below.

24-Hour Reporting

In addition to the 10-day rule to file an original Form 410:

These filings must be made by fax, guaranteed overnight delivery, personal delivery or online (if online filing is available).

This form was prepared by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). For detailed information on campaign reporting requirements and the Information Practices Act of 1977, see the FPPC Campaign Disclosure Manual for your type of committee.

Instructions for Statement of Organization

Statement Type:

Initial

Mark the “Initial” box and enter the date the committee qualification threshold was met.

If the committee has not met the qualification threshold, mark the “Initial” and “Not Yet Qualified” boxes.

Qualification Threshold

The “date qualification threshold met” is the date the committee received contributions totaling $2,000 or more during a calendar year.

Amendment

If any of the information on an initial state of organization changes:

Candidates:

Under certain circumstances, a candidate for local office may amend the Form 410 to indicate that he or she is seeking re-election to the same office. A candidate for state office must open a separate committee for each term of office and may not amend the Form 410 to redesignate an election committee.

List the committee’s name, identification number and indicate the date of termination, including completing the verification.

1. Committee Information

Provide the full name of the committee. A committee may use only one name.

The committee’s street address, email address, and telephone number must be reported. A post office box is not acceptable. The committee’s mailing address must also be reported if it is different from the street address. A post office box is acceptable for the mailing address. A committee’s “domicile” is its address as listed on the Form 410. Los Angeles is the county of domicile for committees located outside California.

Identify the jurisdiction where the committee is active. For example a city committee lists the name of the city.

Committee Name Requirements

The following committee name rules apply to the Form 410, the committee’s campaign statements and to any other references to the committee required by law. See the instructions for Part 4 for committee definitions.

Candidate Controlled Committees:

Any committee that is controlled by a state or local candidate or officeholder must include the last name of the candidate in the name of the committee. In addition, the following rules apply:

Sponsored Committees

A sponsored committee (including most political action committees) must include the full name of its sponsor in the name of the committee. If the committee has more than one sponsor and the sponsors are members of an industry or other identifiable group, include a term identifying that industry or group.

Primarily Formed Committees

Ballot Measures: The name of each committee primarily formed to support or oppose a ballot measure must include:

Recalls: Each committee established for a recall election must include the name of the officeholder subject to the recall. If the committee is not controlled by the officeholder, the committee must state its support or opposition (example, Committee Opposing the Recall of Council Member Doe).

Supporting or Opposing a Candidate: The name of each committee primarily formed to support or oppose a state or local candidate(s) being voted on in a single election, other than a recall election, must include the last name of each candidate, the office sought, the year of the election and must state whether the committee supports or opposes the candidate(s) (e.g., Committee to Support Doe for Senate 20XX).

2. Treasurer and Other Principal Officers

A committee may have only one treasurer and one assistant treasurer. A candidate may be his or her own treasurer or assistant treasurer. A committee may not accept a contribution or make an expenditure without a treasurer

A committee that is not controlled by a candidate or officeholder must disclose the name, street address, and telephone number of the committee’s principal officer(s). The principal officer(s) of a committee are the individual(s) primarily responsible for approving the political activity of the committee, including authorizing the content of communications, authorizing contributions and other expenditures, and determining strategy. If more than three individuals qualify as principal officers of the committee, identify no fewer than three.

If no individual other than the committee treasurer qualifies as a principal officer, identify that individual as both the treasurer and the principal officer. An attachment may be necessary.

3. Verification/Original Ink Signature(s)

The Form 410 filed with the Secretary of State must contain an original signature(s). The committee treasurer or assistant treasurer must sign the Form 410. Also, each controlling officeholder, candidate or state ballot measure proponent must sign the Form 410. If more than three control the committee, one of them may sign on behalf of all controlling individuals. If a candidate will serve as his or her own treasurer, he or she must sign as the candidate and again as the treasurer.

Bank Account Information

Type of Committee

Controlled Committee

A “controlled committee” is one which is controlled directly or indirectly by an officeholder, candidate, or state measure proponent, or which acts jointly with an officeholder, candidate, state measure proponent, or another controlled committee in connection with making expenditures.

A committee is controlled if the officeholder, candidate, or proponent, his/her agent, or any other committee he/she controls, has a significant influence on the actions or decisions of the committee.

“Proponents” of state measures are persons who request the Attorney General to prepare a title and summary of a state initiative, referendum, or measure.

Candidate Election Committee: Identify the candidate’s last name, office, election year and party, if applicable.

Ballot Measure Committee Controlled by State Candidate: Identify each measure on which the committee has spent or anticipates spending $50,000 or more in the current two-year period, beginning with January 1 of an odd-numbered year. If the ballot designation has not been assigned, describe the purpose of the anticipated measure(s). Amend the Form 410 when a ballot designation is assigned. Provide this information in the primarily formed or general purpose section or on an attachment.

Legal Defense Committee: On an attachment, describe the specific legal dispute(s) for which the legal defense fund was established. The Form 410 must be amended within 10 days when legal disputes are either resolved or new disputes are initiated.

Primarily Formed Committee

A committee is “primarily formed” when it makes or initially plans to make more than 70% of its contributions and expenditures to support or oppose a specific candidate or measure, or a group of measures or specific local candidates all being voted upon in the same election on the same date. (FPPC Regulation 18247.5)

New committees: A new committee formed within six months of a statewide regular election or within 30 days of a state special election is presumed to be primarily formed if the committee makes at least$25,000 in independent expenditures to support or oppose a state candidate or measure. Monthly review is required for other new committees that spend at least $1,000 a month and were formed within six months of an election in connection with which the committee makes contributions or expenditures.

Quarterly review at the end of March, June, September and December is required for other committees.

A committee controlled by a candidate for his or her own candidacy is not a primarily formed committee.

State ballot measures - qualification ID number: Certain committees must list in Section 4, Primarily Formed Committee, the Attorney General’s Office assigned identification number to a proposed state ballot measure:

Recall Committees: A committee supporting or opposing a recall must list “Recall [Officeholder’s Name],” the office held by the recall target officeholder, and mark the appropriate box to indicate whether the committee supports or opposes the recall of the officeholder

General Purpose Committee

A committee is a “general purpose committee” if its principal activity is supporting or opposing a variety of candidates or measures voted on in different elections. (FPPC Regulation 18227.5)

A city or county committee may make up to four contributions in a calendar year to candidates for elective state office whose districts are within the same jurisdiction and is not required to change its status to a state committee.

A committee that has made contributions or expenditures of $5,000 or more during a quarter must review its activity at the end of March, June, September and December to determine if the committee is filing reports in the appropriate jurisdiction. During the first six months, a new committee must check its jurisdictional status each month the committee makes expenditures of $1,000 or more. If a change of filing locations occurs, reports must be filed in both the new and old jurisdiction through the calendar year.

After marking the appropriate state, county or city box, provide a brief description of the committee’s political activities such as whether it supports candidates or measures that share a common political affiliation.

Sponsored Committee

A “sponsored committee” is a general purpose or primarily formed committee, other than an officeholder or candidate controlled committee, that has one or more sponsors.

An organization, business, or other entity is a sponsor if one or more of the following apply:

See the instructions for Part 1 for a sponsored committee's name requirements.

Small Contributor Committee

A “small contributor committee” is one that has been in existence for more than six months; receives contributions from 100 or more persons; makes contributions to five or more candidates; and has not received more than $200 from one person in a calendar year.

5. Termination Requirements

Recipient committees may only terminate when:

State Candidates

There are mandatory termination deadlines applicable to your committees.

How to Terminate

After the termination requirements above are met:

Form 410

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