Disclosure and the 2011 Elections
It may be hard to believe, but the City’s 2011 election cycle is already underway. As the agency that receives candidates’ public campaign statements and other election-related documents, the City Ethics Commission had already received filings from four City Council candidates and one candidate for LAUSD School Board as of March 1st. These filings establish candidates committees and allow them to begin fundraising and spending in connection with the March 8, 2011 municipal and LAUSD primary election.
Once a City or LAUSD candidate forms a campaign committee, he or she begins reporting the committee's fundraising and expenditure activity to the Ethics Commission. Disclosure reports for municipal and LAUSD candidates include detailed information on a candidate's contributors (including their occupations and employers), expenditures, and loans. Early in the election cycle these reports are due every six months, but as the election nears the reporting becomes more frequent. By early 2011, candidates will be reporting their committees' activity every few weeks. To see the 2011 election filing schedule, the candidates' fundraising and spending activity, and any non-candidate spending made by independent entities, visit our 2011 Municipal and LAUSD Elections page.
These campaign statements are filed electronically and are available on the Commission’s website for public viewing in a searchable format. The City Ethics Commission’s Electronic Filing System (EFS) campaign finance database makes it easy to search for specific contributors or vendors across multiple candidate committees or election cycles. Bookmark our main Campaigns/Elections page for updated information about all city and LAUSD elections or to search contributions, expenditures, campaign literature, and independent expenditures for multiple candidates or elections throughout the election.
Disclosure and Other Committees
Additional information or guidance about the City’s campaign finance laws can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s Program Operations staff at (213) 978-1960