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The Public Ethics Commission (PEC) has the authority to enforce violations of Oakland campaign finance and transparency laws. The PEC's Enforcement Program includes investigation, audits, hearings, subpoenas, and fines and penalties for certain types of violations. The Commission also incorporates alternative enforcement strategies, such as sharing information publicly and referring issues to another enforcement entity where appropriate.
- open meetings or public records laws (Sunshine Ordinance)
- Campaign finance laws (Oakland Campaign Reform Act)
- Oakland’s Limited Public Financing Act
- Lobbyist Registration Act
- False Endorsement in Campaign Literature Act
How to File a Complaint
If you believe there has been a violation of campaign finance or transparency laws in the City of Oakland, you may file a complaint with the Public Ethics Commission (PEC) by submitting the following form:
To learn more about the PEC's complaint process, please see the Complaint Procedures.
Settlements - Penalties Issued*
|In the Matter of Joe Tuman and Joe Tuman for Mayor (Complaint 14-06)|
Failure to file Form 301 before accepting the higher contribution limit,
*This table reflects penalties issued in 2014 and later.
Campaign Finance - Non-Responsive Filers
Filers with Delinquent Campaign Filings
According to the records of the City Clerk (the City's local filing officer), the Oakland Public Ethics Commission has identified the campaign finance disclosure filers in this table as non-responsive (NR) filers. NR filers are those that have not responded to two or more written notices and one or more verbal notices regarding past-due campaign finance reporting. Please note that Public Ethics Commission records are subject to change and the table below may not include all NR filers or reflect recent activity. The NR filers are encouraged to contact the Commission because continued failure to file may result in an enforcement action. Posted NR filers are removed from the list after filing their past-due campaign statement(s), paying an enforcement penalty or otherwise resolving the matter.