Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

First Pre-Election Filing Due April 26, 2018 for June 5, 2018 Election

This notice is to provide reminders about the April 26, 2018 First Pre-Election filing deadline that applies to Candidates, Primarily Formed Ballot Measure Committees, Primarily Formed Candidate Committees, and General Purpose Committees (including Major Donors and Independent Expenditure Committees).

Filing Requirements:

  • All committees controlled by candidates being voted upon in the June 5, 2018 election must file Form 460. When a candidate or officeholder controls more than one committee for the purpose of election to office, all committees of that candidate or officeholder must file pre-election statements each time any committee statement is due (see Cal. Code Regulation Section §18405);
  • All candidates without committees being voted upon in the June 5, 2018 election must file Form 470. Candidates who do not raise or spend $2,000 or more (or anticipate raising or spending $2,000 or more) in 2018 and do not have an open committee, must file Form 470 covering the calendar year. They need not file this form if they have already filed a Form 470 for the current election and year. If later during the calendar year a campaign committee must be opened, a Form 470 Supplement and a Form 410 must be filed;
  • All committees primarily formed to support or oppose local candidates or ballot measures being voted upon in the June 5, 2018 election must file Form 460; and
  • General purpose committees that make $500 or more in contributions or expenditures during the pre-election period (excludes payments for costs related to the establishment and administration of the committee, such as legal and accounting fees and other expenses incurred in setting up and running a sponsored committee) must file Form 460. Major Donor and Independent Expenditure Committees must file Form 461.

Reporting Period Covered:

The April Pre-Election statement covers the below reporting period:
a) the day after the closing date of the previous statement filed, through April 21, 2018;
or
b) if no statement was filed in 2018, the period covered is January 1, 2018 through April 21, 2018.

Late Filing:

Campaign statements that are filed late are subject to a $10-per day late fee for paper filings, and a $25-per day late fee for electronic filings. Please file your statements by the deadline to ensure timely transparency to the public and avoid late fees.

Campaign Disclosures:

After you have filed your statements you can access the filings, campaign datasets, and data dashboards on our website at Campaign Finance Disclosure section.

We appreciate your timely attention to these important public disclosure requirements. If you have already filed your pre-election statement, or if you have reviewed your expenditures and determined that you are not required to file a supplemental pre-election statement, please disregard this notice.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please feel free to contact us at ethics.commission@sfgov.org or (415) 252-3100.

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