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Campaign Information for Candidates
Congratulations on your decision to run for office in the City of Oakland! As a candidate for elective office, you now have the responsibility to adhere to a variety of state and local laws intended to ensure ethical and transparent campaign related activities. Below is a list of resources to help you get started.
The Public Ethics Commission can help you with the following as part of our mission to ensure compliance with local campaign finance, lobbying, and transparency laws:
- Oakland Campaign Reform Act – Download and print the Guide to the Oakland Campaign Reform Act, which provides an overview of local campaign laws, or call (510) 238-3593 or email EthicsCommission@oaklandnet.com to receive a copy. Hard copies are available on the 11th floor of City Hall.
- OCRA Form 301 - Candidates may accept higher individual contributions from donors by agreeing to accept a limit on overall campaign spending. Form 301 must be signed and submitted to the City Clerk before accepting the higher contribution amount.
- 2015 Contribution and Expenditure Limits
- Officeholder Account Fact Sheet
- Limited Public Financing for District City Council Candidates – District City Council candidates may apply for reimbursement of campaign expenses with public funds, to begin immediately after candidate nominations are certified by the City Clerk. Refer to the Candidate Guide to Limited Public Financing for more information.
- Additional Advertising Restrictions Public Works Agency Procedure for Removal of Signs and Posters Placed on Public Property (Attached)
- Oakland False Endorsement in Campaign Literature - See the Oakland False Endorsement in Campaign Literature Act
- Restrictions on Use of City Resources for Campaign Purposes
- Prohibition on the Use of Public Resources for Campaign Purposes
- New Rules for Campaign Related Communications by a Governmental Agency
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Campaign Activities by Officials-Candidates-Staff jointly issued by Barbara J. Parker, Oakland City Attorney, and Whitney Barazoto, Executive Director of the Public Ethics Commissio
Most campaign-related requirements are imposed by state law and regulated by the California Fair Political Practices Commission. See below for quick links to a few of the FPPC's resources. The FPPC provides advice to candidates, treasurers, and elected officials at 1-866-ASK-FPPC (275-3772). The following publications and more can be found on the FPPC's website at www.fppc.ca.gov:
- State Campaign Reporting Rules – download and print the Campaign Disclosure Manual 2 - For Local Candidates) from the FPPC's website.
- State Campaign Forms and Manuals - Find your Form 410, 460, and 501 and more on the FPPC's Forms and Manuals webpage. You must keep your contact information updated on the Form 410 - this is how we keep in touch with you about deadlines and requirements!
- State Campaign Reporting Deadlines - Follow the FPPC deadlines for filing your campaign statements. Campaign statements that are filed with the City Clerk pursuant to state law must be filed electronically via the City Clerk's Filer Access Portal (Netfile).
- Advertising Restrictions (see also the FPPC State Campaign Disclosure Manual 2)
- Gift Rules - Limitations and Restrictions on Gifts, Honoraria, Travel and Loans for Local Officials, and Changes to Gift Rules, 2012
- Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests - Candidates must file a Form 700 disclosing their economic interests. The Form 700 must be submitted to the City Clerk's office on the second floor of City Hall, or you may contact the Clerk's office at (510) 238-3226 to obtain a user ID to file the Form 700 electronically.
- Conflict of Interest in Decision-making - Can I Vote?
Oakland Campaign Reform Act
Limited Public Financing Program
Campaign Finance Disclosure
- City Clerk Elections Page
- Overview of Campaign-Related Information for Local Candidates
- State Campaign Disclosure Manual 2 (for local candidates)
- 2013 Voluntary Expenditure Ceiling and Contribution Limitation Amounts
- Restrictions on Campaign Advertising and Use of Funds
- Gift Rules
- Conflicts of Interest
- Additional Restrictions