The Political Reform Act of California requires candidates and committees to submit campaign statements within specific deadlines, disclosing contributions received and expenses incurred. These documents are public and can be audited by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and Franchise Tax Board (FTB) to ensure that voters are fully informed and that mispractices are prohibited. It is the responsibility of candidates and committees to understand the rules that govern their campaigns in San Diego County. The San Diego County Election Funding and Control Ordinance (San Diego County Code of Regulatory Ordinances, sec 85) 694-39002-1-1, defines a candidate, county elections, county elective office, and other terms.
The district attorney is the enforcement authority for the ordinance. The purpose of this ordinance is to place limits on campaign contributions; to prohibit certain contributions to develop a broader base of political effectiveness; to limit the use of loans and credits to finance county election campaigns; and to encourage the public to participate as a candidate in elections by simplifying local regulations, among other issues. If a candidate is eligible to participate in the primary election, but will not be voted for office until the general election in accordance with Section 401, 3 of the San Diego Charter, that candidate could receive contributions for the primary election until the Registrar of Voters announced that no primary election would be held for that office. California is a national leader in promoting transparency and fairness in elections. Potential candidates should know that, in addition to state law requirements regarding campaigns, San Diego County has passed its own transparency ordinance applicable to candidates for county elections. This week, San Diego Republicans sent a clear and coherent message in defining their opposition to the region's consensual approach to homelessness. Jim Sutton, a Bay Area election attorney who works with many San Diego clients, says that most of his firm's work over the past few weeks has focused on addressing the confusion and profound impacts of a law that very few people noticed when the governor signed it last year.
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