Recipient Committee Campaign Statement - Short Form

Who Uses Form 450:

Form 450 is for use by a recipient committee if the committee:

The committee may use this form only if all of the above criteria are met. If all criteria are not met, the committee must use From 460, Recipient Committee Campaign Statement.

From 450 May Be File As:

Note: Mark the pre-election statement box if a committee files a monthly report in connection with a LAFCO proposal.

Continue reading for general guidance on where to file this form.

Contribution Limits:

Candidates for elective state office are subject to state contribution limits. Contributions received by committees for the purpose of making contributions to candidates for elective state office are also subject to limits. A chart identifying the limits is located at www.fppc.ca.gov. In addition, local candidates may be subject to contribution limits imposed by local ordinance. Questions concerning local limits should be addressed to election officials in the local jurisdiction.

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 (available from your filing officer or the FPPC). Campaign filing deadlines, forms, and other informational materials are available on the FPPC website (www.fppc.ca.gov).

Instructions for Recipient Committee Campaign Statement - Short Form

Where to File:

In general, state committees file with Secretary of State and local committees file with the filing officer of the local jurisdiction.

State Committees:

State committees file this form with the Secretary of State. State committees include committees primarily formed to support or oppose candidates seeking a CalPERS or CalSTRS election.

Secretary of State
Political Reform Division
1500 11th Street, Room 495
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 653-6224
Fax (916) 653-5045
www.sos.ca.gov

Additional Copies:

A copy of this form must also be filed with the relevant CalPERS or CalSTRS office if the committee is a primarily formed committee for a CalPERS or CalSTRS election.

Local Committees:

If a committee makes 70% or more of its contributions and independent expenditures on county candidates and measures and other county committees, file this form with the county elections official. An original and one paper copy is required. A local agency may also require electronic submissions.

If a committee makes 70% or more of its contributions and independent expenditures on city candidates and measures and other city committees, file this form with the city clerk. An original and one paper copy is required. A local agency may also require electronic submissions.

Fast Facts:

Electronic Filing: State committees must file electronic reports with the Secretary of State ifthe committee receives contributions or makes expenditures totaling $25,000 or more.

General Purpose Committees: FPPC regulation 18227.5 sets out the procedures for determiningwhether a committee should file with the state, county or city elections office. In general, most committees file with the Secretary of State unless the committee is making more than 70% of its contributions and expenditures in connection with a city election or county election. The regulation sets out review time lines and exceptions. A committee can not knowingly file in an incorrect jurisdiction with the intention of avoiding the appropriate legal disclosure to the public. Committees that change jurisdictions file in both jurisdictions until the end of the calendar year.

LAFCO Proposals: Committees primarily formed to support or oppose a LAFCO proposal file this form with the county elections office in the county that the proposal may be voted upon. Once a proposal is listed on a ballot, the committee will file as a multi-county, county, or city committee.

Statement of Organization: Committees must make certain that information on its Statement of Organization, Form 410, is current and correct. This form includes information such as whether the committee is primarily formed or general purpose, its status as a state, county or city committee, a current list of principal officers as well as other important information about the committee’s formation. Information listed on a Form 450 must be the same as that disclosed on the Form 410.

Period Covered by a Statement:

The “period covered” by a campaign statement begins the day after the closing date of the last campaign statement you filed. For example, if the closing date of the last statement was September 30, the beginning date of the next statement will be October 1.

If this is the committee’s first campaign statement, begin with January 1 of the current calendar year.

The closing date of the statement depends on teh type of statement you are filing.

Date of Election:

If this statement is filed in connection with an election, enter the date of the election.

Type of Recipient Committee:

Check one box to indicathe the type of committee filing the statement.

Ballot Measure Committee

A person, entity, or organization that receives contributions totaling $2,000 or more during a calendar year for the primary purpose of supporting or opposing the qualification, passage, or defeat of one or more ballot measures. A controlled committee is one that is controlled directly or indirectly by an officeholder, candidate, or proponent of a state ballot measure or that acts jointly with an officeholder, candidate, or proponent of a state ballot measure in connection with making expenditures.

Primarily Formed Candidate/Officeholder Committee

A person, entity, or organization that receives contributions totaling $2,000 or more during a calendar year to support or oppose a single candidate or officeholder, or two or more candidates or officeholders who are being voted upon in the same city, county, or multi-county election. This type of committee is not controlled by the candidate(s) or officeholder(s).

General Purpose Committee

A person, entity, or organization that receives contributions totaling $2,000 or more during a calendar year to support or oppose various candidates and measures (e.g., political parties, political action committees).

Sponsored Committed

A sponsored committee is one that has a sponsor—a business entity, organization, union, or other entity—that meets certain criteria. Sponsored committees must include the name of the sponsor in the name of the committee.

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. A small contributor committee has a higher limit on the amount of contributions it can make to a state candidate

Type of Statement:

Check the appropriate box(es) to indicate the type of statement you are filing (or amending).

Amendments:

If you are filing an amendment to a previously filed statement, give a brief explanation of the amendment and attach the pages being amended. Be sure to enter the period covered of the statement you are amending.

Termination:

A committee must continue filing campaign statements each year until it is eligible to terminate and files a Form 410 Termination.

Committee Information:

Enter the committee’s full name, identification number, address, and telephone number as stated on the Statement of Organization, Form 410, filed with the Secretary of State. Note on the form if the identification number has not yet been received from the Secretary of State’s office. Then enter the treasurer’s name, the assistant treasurer’s name (if any), their permanent addresses and telephone numbers during business hours

Verification:

The statement must be signed by the committee treasurer or the assistant treasurer named on the committee’s Statement of Organization (Form 410). An officeholder, candidate, or state measure proponent who controls the committee must also sign the statement. If two or three officeholders, candidates, or proponents control the committee, each must sign the statement. If more than three control the committee, one may sign on behalf of the others.

Under certain circumstances, the responsible officer of a sponsoring organization must sign the statement.

Form 450

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