Instructions for Completing Officholder and Candidate Campaign Statement - Short Form

Who Uses Form 470:

Form 470 is for use by officeholders and candidates who:

Officeholders and candidates who have a controlled committee or who have raised or spent $2,000, file the Recipient Committee Statement – Form 460.


The following individuals seeking or holding office are not required to file campaign disclosure statements (Form 470 or Form 460):

Period Covered:

The period covered is alwasy the calendar year (January 1 through December 31).

$2,000 Threshold:

To determine if $2,000 has been raised or spent, or will be raised or spent, the candidate’s personal funds for the filing fee or statement of qualifications are excluded.

A campaign bank account must be established if the candidate receives contributions from other persons.

When to File:

Ensure campaign deadlines are met. Go to for campaign disclosure filing schedules.

If the Form 470 is filed in connection with an election, or on or before the filing deadline for the first campaign statement required for the calendar year, no additional campaign statements need to be filed for that calendar year as long as total contributions received remain less than $2,000 and total expenditures made remain less than $2,000. In most cases, July 31 is the filing deadline for the first campaign statement required to be filed by officeholders and candidates not being voted upon.

The Form 470 is filed in connection with an election if it is filed with the declaration of candidacy, or as a first preelection statement in connection with an election, covering the year of the election. If, after filing Form 470, receipts or expenditures reach $2,000 or more, see the attached Form 470 Supplement for important reporting requirements

State Elections:

State officeholders, state candidates, candidates and members of CalPERS and CalSTRS, judges and judicial candidates must file the original and one copy with:

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

Additional Copies:

A copy of the Form 470 must also be filed with the candidate’s county of domicile’s filing officer. CalPERS and CalSTRS board candidates must file a copy of the Form 470 with the relevant CalPERS or CalSTRS office and not the candidate’s county of domicile.

Local Elections:

Note: A local agency may impose additional requirements.

Amendments: If you are filing an amendment to a previously filed statement, give a brief explanation of the amendment. Be sure to enter the calendar year covered by the statement you are amending and the date of election, if applicable.

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.

Instructions for Completing Form 470 Supplement

Form 470 Supplement:

If an officeholder or candidate files the Form 470 for an election year and later receives contributions (including monetary and nonmonetary contributions, loans, and the candidate’s personal funds) totaling $2,000 or more or makes expenditures totaling $2,000 or more during the same calendar year, the officeholder or candidate must send a written notice within 48 hours. Use the attached Form 470 Supplement or follow the instructions below for preparing the notice.

When to File:

The notice must be sent within 48 hours of receiving contributions totaling $2,000 or more or making expenditures of $2,000 or more.

Method of Delivery:

The notice must be sent by guaranteed overnight delivery service, personal delivery, fax, or email. Regular mail may not be used.

When to File:

Contact your filing officer for candidate addresses.

Officeholder/Candidate Information

Enter the officeholder/candidate’s full name, residential or business address and daytime telephone number.

Office Sought

Date Contributions/Expenditures Were Made or Recieved:

Enter the date monetary or non-monetary contributions totaling $2,000 or more (including the candidate’s personal funds) were received or the date expenditures of $2,000 or more were made.

Amendments: If you are filing an amendment to a previously filed statement, give a brief explanation of the amendment.

Note: Once an officeholder or candidate reaches the $2,000 threshold in receipts or expenditures, in addition to filing the Form 470 Supplement, other forms are required. See FPPC Campaign Disclosure Manual 1 for state candidates or Manual 2 for local candidates.

Form 470

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