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Open Disclosure Oakland
The Limited Public Financing Act (LPF Act), enacted in 1999, provides District City Council candidates with some public funds by way of reimbursement to be used for campaign expenses, with the goal of helping ensure that all individuals have a fair and equal opportunity to participate in the elective and governmental process. The amount of money available depends on the total funds allocated to the program in the City Budget and also the number of candidates running in City Council district races, and cannot exceed 30 percent of the voluntary expenditure ceiling. This year, the City Council budgeted approximately $155,000 for the program, which will be divided by the number of candidates for all of the open district City Council seats.
- For a brief summary of the LPF program, check out this one-page overview.
- For a more detailed look into the LPF Act and program, check out the 2014 LPF Candidate Guide.
Limited Public Financing Act Analysis
PEC staff coordinated with the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy to conduct a broad policy review of Oakland's Limited Public Financing Act and its administration by the Public Ethics Commission. Click here for the 2013 analysis and recommendations to improve Oakland's public financing program. Many of the recommendations were incorporated into the 2014 program.
Click the links below to read PEC staff memos to the Commission regarding the administration of the LPF program and summaries of the program's implementation.
- Memo - LPF Program Pre-Election Planning 2014
- Memo - LPF Program 2014: Distribution of Funds
- Memo - LPF Program 2014: Re-Distribution of Funds
- Memo - LPF Program 2014: Post-Election Summary
City Auditor's Review
The Limited Public Financing Act requires the Office of the City Auditor to conduct a post-election audit of candidates that received public funding to ensure they complied with requirements of the act and to also assess the Public Ethics Commission's internal controls for administering the program.