New Brochure Summarizing How to Value Tickets to Non-profit and Political Fundraiser Events

For a number of years, state ethics laws treated tickets to non-profit and political fundraisers as having no value for purposes of a public official’s gift limit. Last year, however, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) amended state regulations, determining that tickets to non-profit and political fundraisers could have a value in certain cases. With this change, city employees and officials must now take care to understand the value of these kinds of ticket(s) before they accept them. Depending on the value of the tickets and the source, accepting these tickets could run afoul of City and or state gift laws.

To help City officials and employees better understand these changes, the City Ethics Commission recently issued a new chart summarizing how state law values one or more tickets to non-profit and political fundraiser events. The chart walks through the various factors, including the purpose of the event – whether a charitable fundraiser or other type of fundraiser – and whether the source of the ticket(s) is a political candidate or committee, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, or other type of non-profit organization.

The full text of the state’s amendment, Title 2, California Code of Regulations section 18946.4, can be found on the FPPC’s website at http://www.fppc.ca.gov. The City Ethics Commission’s new brochure can be found on the Commission’s website under “publications”. Of course, because the laws can be complex, applying them to any specific circumstances may require analysis by the City Ethics Commission or the Office of the City Attorney. For further information or guidance, please feel free to contact the Commission’s staff at (213) 978-1960 or the Office of the City Attorney at (213) 978-7100.



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