FPPC Form 501 Candidate Intention Statement and FPPC Form 410 Statement of Organization of Receipient Committee

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

With the news about a, thus far, bilateral San Bernardino City Attorney’s Office race for fall 2011, I thought I would illuminate the process thus far.  On June 28, 2011, the challenger filed the above mentioned forms.  The local press all discussed the information found in these forms.  This is a closer look at this point in the process.

Fair Political Practices Commission Form 501, is the Candidate Intention Statement.  In California, someone who intends to be a candidate must file Form 501 before solicitation or receipt of any contribution, or before expenditure of election-related personal funds.  Each election requires a separate Candidate Intention Statement, including reelection, except if the candidate will not solicit or receive contributions from others and only personal funds are for the filing fee or statement of qualifications in the ballot pamphlet or sample ballot.   For the City Attorney’s race, the form should be filed with the San Bernardino City Clerk’s Office.

The San Bernardino City Clerk’s Office gave me a copy upon my oral California Public Records Request.  I asked for all paperwork filed by the challenger for the City Attorney race.   My dealings, within the term of my private practice, with the City Clerk’s Office in San Bernardino have been very good.   Linked is the challenger’s completed and filed Form 501 and Form 410.  I have redacted the street number of the challenger (the street has already been reported by the press), and the phone number (except the Riverside County telephone prefix).

Fair Political Practices Commission  Form 410 is needed for any individual, group of individual, organization or other entity that receives $1,000 or more in contributions during a calendar year.  That dollar amount includes money, in-kind donations and loans.  The amount includes the candidates’ personal funds, except that filing fees or ballot statements are not included.  Form 410 has to be filed within 10 days of receiving $1,000 or more in contributions.  Form 410 has to be filed with both the Secretary of State Political Reform Division and the filing officer, which in this case is the City Clerk.  There are other technical details regarding changes that are available on the Fair Political Practices Commission website and on the instructions for the form.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

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About Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law
Michael Reiter is a Redlands, California-based lawyer, serving San Bernardino County and Riverside County in Southern California's Inland Empire. Michael Reiter is a lawyer practicing in the following fields of law: Municipal Law, Code Enforcement Law, Small Business Law and Real Estate Law. Michael Reiter practices in all the local courts, including San Bernardino Superior Court, Riverside Superior Court, and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Michael Reiter was admitted to the California State Bar in 1998. Michael Reiter was Assistant City Attorney for the City of Redlands, a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Bernardino, and Staff Attorney for Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino. Michael Reiter serves all of San Bernardino and Riverside County, Orange County, and Los Angeles County. Michael Reiter can be reached at (909) 296-6708, or by electronic mail at michael@michaelreiterlaw.com. 300 E. State St. #517 Redlands CA 92373-5235

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