Candidates and Campaign Committees
For information pertaining to specific City elections, please refer to the Ethics Commission's Election Information page.
Candidates for local elective office, and campaign committees that support or oppose such candidates, are subject to both state and local campaign finance laws. The Ethics Commission has jurisdiction over local campaign finance laws, also referred to as the Election Campaign Control Ordinance, or "ECCO." Local campaign finance laws are more restrictive than those at the state, and include campaign contribution limits and disclosure requirements not found in state law.
State campaign laws are enforced by the Fair Political Practices Commission [FPPC], which has prepared campaign manuals applicable to all candidates and committees. The Ethics Commission has prepared its own campaign manuals (see links below) specifically designed for candidates and committees participating in City of San Diego elections.
For questions regarding how to become a candidate or when to file campaign statements, please contact the City Clerk's office. If you have questions regarding what to disclose on those statements, contact the Ethics Commission.
Campaign Laws and Educational Materials
- San Diego Campaign Laws [ECCO] (PDF)
- Campaign Fact Sheets
- Top 10 Rules for City Candidates (PDF)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Campaign Webinars
- 2016 Candidate Manual (PDF)
- 2016 Committee Manual (PDF)
- 2016 Manual for Candidates Raising Less than $1,000 (PDF)
- State Campaign Forms
- Form EC:LDF-DPM Professional Expense Committee - Disclosure of Pending Matters (PDF)
- Form EC-703 Electioneering Communication Disclosure Report (PDF)
2015 Review of the City's Campaign Finance Laws
- Proposed Amendments to ECCO (July 3, 2015) (PDF)
- Proposed Amendments to ECCO [Referendum] (July 2, 2015) (PDF)
- Memorandum to the Ethics Commission [Referendum] (May 29, 2015) (PDF)
- Memorandum to the Ethics Commission (May 8, 2015) (PDF)
- Proposed Amendments to ECCO (April 20, 2015) (PDF)
- Proposed Amendments to ECCO (February 26, 2015) (PDF)
- Memorandum to the Ethics Commission (February 6, 2015) (PDF)
- Proposed Amendments to ECCO (February 5, 2015) (PDF)