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Campaign Finance Rules and Disclosure

Candidates for City elected offices, including OUSD Board members, campaign committees and local ballot measure committees, as well as other persons and entities making independent expenditures on candidates or ballot measures in Oakland are subject to campaign rules under the California Political Reform Act and Oakland Campaign Reform Act. The Public Ethics Commission enforces campaign rules, serves as filing officer for campaign finance reporting and provides education and advice.


The California Political Reform Act requires local candidates and committees to file campaign statements by specified deadlines disclosing contributions received and expenditures made to promote transparency and fairness in elections. These documents are public and may be audited by the Public Ethics Commission and/or California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to ensure that voters are fully informed and improper practices prohibited. In addition, the Oakland Campaign Reform Act (OCRA) and other local campaign ordinances contain additional restrictions and requirements such as contribution limits, optional expenditure ceilings, specified prohibitions on contributions from contractors, and electronic filing of campaign data.

Use the options above to learn more about Oakland laws regulating candidates and campaign committees, file campaign finance statements and reports, and visit our campaign finance and lobbyist public access portal to view campaign statements online.

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