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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.
Campaign Requirements and Laws
File Your Local Forms
OCRA Form 301 – Allows candidates to accept higher individual contributions by agreeing to accept a limit on overall campaign spending.
Sign and Submit to City Clerk before receiving contributions at the higher limit of $700/$1500
Apply for Public Funds
To learn more about public financing for candidates, go to our Campaign Information page.
(District City Council Candidates only)
File Your State Forms
The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) regulates state campaign financing and governmental ethics laws. The FPPC provides forms for campaign reporting and disclosure. Download and print the Campaign Disclosure Manual 2 - For Local Candidates.
For advice, call:
(866) 275-3772 *2
(Telephone Advice is available
Monday - Thursday 9am-11:30am)
CA FPPC Forms – available online
You must keep your contact information updated on the Form 410 - this is how we keep in touch with you about deadlines and requirements!
File campaign forms with the City Clerk.
File electronically here:
FPPC deadlines –Important dates to remember for filing your campaign statements.
Form 700 (Statement of Economic Interest) – Form must be submitted at the time nomination petitions are filed.
Submit to the City Clerk
Contact the City Clerk to file electronically.
Follow the Law
Oakland Campaign Reform Act (OCRA) – Encourages limits on campaign spending.
See also the Guide to the Oakland Campaign Reform Act
Contact the Public Ethics Commission for advice or assistance (510)238-3593
Campaign Ad Restrictions – campaign signs may not be posted on public property.
Oakland False Endorsement in Campaign Literature Act – Prohibits falsehoods that are knowingly or recklessly made in campaign literature during election cycles.
Government Ethics Act – Comprehensive framework of ethics rules for City staff and officials.
Frequently Asked Questions - Answers to common questions regarding campaign activities.
Officeholder Fact Sheet – Directions for setting up an officeholder account.