Candidates & Committees

For campaign finance information pertaining to specific City elections, please refer to the Ethics Commission's Campaign 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 (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

Campaign Manuals

Campaign Forms

2016 Review of the City's Campaign Finance Laws

2015 Review of the City's Campaign Finance Laws

Note: These amendments were approved by the City Council on Jan. 26, 2016.

Note: these amendments became effective Nov. 27, 2015.

Historical ECCO Information

For memorandums, bulletins, draft amendments, and ordinances pertaining to past versions of ECCO, please visit the Ethics Commission's ECCO History page.