Late contribution reports from the Secretary of State

State ballot measures

Federal disclosure data

What's coming in the future

More disclosure info


Late contributions
and independent expenditures

Daily updates of contributions of $1,000 or more filed between May 17 - June 2, 1998.

State ballot measures
summary contribution data and itemized contributions of $10,000 or more through March 14, 1998

Federal disclosure data


1998 General Election: Mandatory diskette filing by statewide candidates and ballot measure committees that raise or spend $100,000 or more

1999/2000 Election cycle: Mandatory electronic filing by all statewide and legislative candidates who raise or spend $50,000 or more;

Mandatory electronic filing by lobbyists, lobbyist employers, lobbying organizations, political action committees, major donors, political parties and slate mailer committees, with various thresholds and phased-in implementation.


(from the Secretary of State's Political Reform Division):

Explanation of the reports candidates must file

1998 Filing schedule for state campaigns

Where candidates must file their disclosure reports


This election year, you can find late contributions and independent expenditure reports online at the Secretary of State's web site.

The Secretary of State's new program follows "Late Contribution Watch", a highly-acclaimed demonstration project sponsored by the California Voter Foundation in 1996. For two weeks during the 1996 General Election, CVF sent a team of researchers equipped with laptops every day to the Secretary of State's office to data-enter the large, last-minute contributions that flood California campaigns in the final days of the election. The data was uploaded every day to CVF's 1996 Online Voter Guide. Daily summaries were also emailed to hundreds of journalists around the state, who otherwise would not have been able to view the late contribution records, which get stacked up in huge binders housed at the Secretary of State's office.

CVF's project was codified into law in 1997, when the California Legislature passed SB 49, which also requires mandatory electronic filing of all California disclosure reports. The next provision of SB 49 that will be implemented is mandatory diskette filing of contributions and expenditures by statewide candidates and ballot measure campaigns that raise or spend $100,000 or more. Then, beginning in 1999, a full-scale Internet filing program will kick in, mandating digital disclosure by all state filers -- legislators, statewide officeholders, political action committees, political parties, lobbyists, major donors, and slate mailer committees.

The Secretary of State is also implementing a voluntary electronic filing program, to help prepare filers for the mandatory electronic filing requirement that will take effect in 1999. CVF is aiming to achieve 100 percent online disclosure in the Fall of 1998 by encouraging candidates to participate in the voluntary program, and by working with news organizations throughout the state to make a point of asking candidates whether they will file their reports electronically or not.

CVFâs Fall 1998 California Online Voter Guide will track candidate participation in the voluntary program so that voters are aware of which candidates are willing to put their records online and which ones arenât. Finally, if CVF has the staff and intern resources, we may data-enter the records of candidates who do not participate in the voluntary program.

Federal Disclosure Data Available Online

Data for federal candidates is also available online. The FECinfo Web site features data for California candidates running in congressional races and in the U.S. Senate race. Summary data for Senate and House candidates is available within 24-48 hours after it's disclosed with the Federal Election Commission. Scanned copies of federal campaign finance reports filed with FEC are also available online within 24-48. FEC filers include candidates for the House of Representatives, political party committees, and federal political action committees. Please note that because U.S. Senate candidates; disclosure reports are not scanned by the FEC because these reports are filed with the Secretary of the Senate rather than the FEC.) Itemized contributions for all federal candidates, including U.S. Senate candidates are also data-entered by the FEC and available online within 4 - 6 weeks after the data is disclosed.

For more information about CVF's work to promote Internet access to political disclosure data, please visit our Digital Sunlight web site, featuring news articles, links, reports, contact information and much more. -- KA

This page first published May 21, 1998

Last updated June 29, 1998

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