A candidate for state or local office must file Form 501 prior to solicitation or receipt of any contribution or expenditure of any personal funds used for the election.
You must file a separate Form 501 for each election, including reelection to the same office.
Exception: This form is not required if you will not solicit or receive contributions from other persons and the only expenditures will be from your personal funds used for the filing fee and/or Statement of Qualifications in the County Voter Information Guide. Candidates for county central committees that do not raise or spend $2000 or more in a calendar year are also exempt from filing this form.
When to File
Form 501 must be filed before you solicit or receive any contributions or before you make any expenditures from personal funds on behalf of your candidacy (except personal funds used to pay the filing fee and/or Statement of Qualifications fee). This form is considered filed the date it is postmarked or hand delivered.
Pursuant to Government Code §84300(a), no contribution of one hundred dollars ($100) or more shall be made or received in cash. Pursuant to Government Code §84300(b), no expenditure of one hundred dollars ($100) or more shall be made in cash.
See appropriate Campaign Disclosure Manual and California Form 501 for additional instructions and filing requirements.