Instructions For Communications Identifying Candidates Issue Advocacy - State Candidates

What is Form E-530

Form E-530 must be filed to disclose payment(s) for communications that identify or feature a state candidate but do not expressly advocate the candidate’s election.


On-line E-530 reports must be filed by:

The communication clearly identifies a candidate for state elective office but does not expressly advocate the election or defeat of that candidate.

Example: An association has promoted a bill on children’s bicycle safety and wants to tell the public about a certain legislator’s authorship of the bill. The association purchases space on a billboard for $100,000 that says, “Thank you, Senator Park, for supporting SB 1234!” If the communication thanking Senator Park is made within 45 days of the election in which Park is a state candidate, the association must file an E-530 with the Secretary of State disclosing the payment for the billboard.

When, Where, & How to File

Form E-530 must be filed online with the Secretary of State’s office within 48 hours of the payment being made or promised. Refer to

What is Reported?

The person making the payment or promise of a payment reports:

Donations of $5,000 Must be Identified

If the person filing the report receives a payment of $5,000 or more, or a promise for such a payment, from any one source for the purpose of funding the communication, the report must also include:


The report must be verified by a written “electronic filing declaration.” It must also be signed, dated and verified on the same date and retained in the filer’s records for five years. The statement must include the following language:

“I have used all reasonable diligence in preparing this report and to the best of my knowledge the information contained herein is true and complete. I certify under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct.”


Limits apply if a committee, at the behest of a state candidate, makes a payment of $50,000 or more for a communication featuring the state candidate 45 days before his or her election.


Government Code Section 85310 and FPPC Regulation 18539.2.


Filed E-530 forms can be reviewed online at

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