By Jill Castellano | inewsource
We’ve launched our San Diego Canton attack accounts database, which we achievement will accomplish it easier for the accessible to acquire who is allotment political campaigns.
Using annal from the canton agent of voters’ website, this inewsource database allows users to chase contributions, expenditures, loans and debts for political campaigns that acquire to book banking letters with the county.
This attack accounts database is a work-in-progress, and we’re counting on you — the users — to acquaint us what you like, what you don’t like, what’s burst and what you’d like to see added. Please don’t alternate to email [email protected] with suggestions.
That agency it includes attack accounts annal for Board of Supervisors, commune attorney, sheriff, academy boards and appropriate districts.
Since 2016, this attack accounts abstracts has been apprenticed in a user-unfriendly arrangement on the registrar’s website. (Before that, it was basically alone accessible on cardboard forms.) The county’s abstracts aperture fabricated the advice ambagious abundant that alone the best adamant and tech-literate individuals could acquire it. Until now.
We acquire basal instructions on the database’s capital page, but in the absorption of allowance bodies as abundant as possible, here’s a abundant adviser to application the database. We’ve additionally accounting a (relatively) quick album on attack accounts that we achievement will advice you bigger acquire the after-effects you get as you use the database.
How to chase our database
The aboriginal affair to acquire aback you’re analytic our abstracts is that there are four altered types of affairs included in the results: contributions (donations to a campaign), expenditures (spending by a campaign), debts (money a attack owes to others) and loans (money accustomed by a attack that it has to pay back). Committees do not acquire to address the capacity of contributions or expenditures beneath $100, so those are not included in our database.
If you alone appetite to see one affectionate of transaction, you can clarify the transaction blazon on the larboard ancillary of the database in the chase box. For example, if you alone appetite to see how abundant money campaigns acquire raised, bang on the “Contributions” filter.
The database allows you to chase by the name of a candidate/committee and by the name of the contributor or almsman of a campaign’s money. By default, the database will array after-effects by date, with the latest addition first. Bang on any of the ons aing to the added cavalcade headers to array after-effects by that cavalcade in ascendance or bottomward order. Bang on the bulk of a transaction for abundant information, such as a donor’s activity and employer or a description of the attack expenditure.
Each transaction that a attack letters to the canton includes the name of the commodity on the added ancillary of the transaction — the actuality or accumulation accepting money from the attack or giving money to the campaign. For contributions, these are the names of donors. For expenditures, these are the bodies and groups campaigns are paying.
Because bodies aren’t consistently constant in how they access their names aback they accord money, you will acquire the best after-effects analytic by an individual’s aftermost name, abnormally if the actuality has an abnormal or aberrant aftermost name.
Likewise, if you’re analytic for an alignment such as a business, abutment or political activity committee, you ability acquire bigger after-effects by entering a allocation of the organization’s name (e.g. “Chamber of Commerce” instead of “San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce”).
Political candidates anatomy committees to accession and absorb money while active for office. San Diego County’s attack laws crave these “candidate-controlled committees” (more on these in the aing section) accommodate the candidate’s name, appointment approved and acclamation year, so all of those are accurate agency to search. For example, if you appetite to see abstracts on all of the commune advocate candidates, access “District Attorney” in the candidate/committee chase acreage and you’ll get all of the contributions to the candidates.
If you are analytic for a candidate, you will acquire the best after-effects if you access the person’s aftermost name into the chase field. Sometimes candidates’ aboriginal names are not included in their board names.
It’s important to bethink that candidate-controlled committees aren’t the alone way that money is accustomed to advice candidates for office. Absolute committees — the cool PACs of bounded backroom — additionally can run ads to abutment or argue candidates(again, added on these in the aing section).
Campaign committees acquire to almanac the locations of the bodies and groups they’re accepting money from and giving money to. The “Location” cavalcade contains abstracts in a “City, STATE” format, so chase by a city’s name to get results. Bethink that these locations ability be alfresco California.
How up to date is our data?
inewsource will consistently amend the canton attack accounts database, but it’s important to apperceive that altered kinds of attack accounts annal are appear at altered times. Our database is alone as adapted as the letters are.
Campaigns acquire to book four altered kinds of letters that we use in our database: Anatomy 450, Anatomy 460, Anatomy 496 and Anatomy 497.
Form 460s are the best absolute letters that account every addition from a donor and amount by the attack of at atomic $100. They additionally accommodate loans a attack has taken and debts a attack owes. Anatomy 460s are filed every six months in odd-numbered years and at appointed deadlines afore and afterwards primary and accepted elections.
Form 450s are filed by committees that aren’t controlled by candidates, acquire not accustomed any donations or added payments over $100 this acclamation aeon and acquire no loans or debts. Committees filing Anatomy 450s will still accommodate abundant advice on their spending. They are filed at the aforementioned appointed deadlines as Anatomy 460s.
Form 497s and Anatomy 496s are sometimes alleged the “24-hour reports.” These forms are added barebone but additionally abundant added timely. In the 90 canicule afore an acclamation (primary or general), a board charge book a Anatomy 496 aural 24 hours of authoritative an amount of at atomic $1,000 in that acclamation cycle. They additionally charge book a Anatomy 497 aural 24 hours of accepting a addition from a donor who has accustomed at atomic $1,000 in that acclamation cycle. These forms are about not filed alfresco of those 90-day windows.
Though Anatomy 460s and Anatomy 450s are added abundant reports, the 24-hour letters accommodate advice on big spending and donations afterpiece to the election. For example, the aftermost Anatomy 460 filing borderline afore the 2018 primary acclamation is May 24. Between again and the primary acclamation on June 5, the alone banking letters actuality filed are the 24-hour reports.
How to acquire your results
There are two capital types of committees in San Diego’s attack ecosystem: candidate-controlled committees and absolute committees. Here’s a abrupt briefing of how they can accession money and what they can do with that money.
These are about as apparent boilerplate as it gets in San Diego Canton politics. Candidate-controlled committees are run by a applicant and action as the primary agent for the person’s attack to acquire contributions and accomplish expenditures.
Such committees are apprenticed by addition banned adapted every added year to accumulate up with inflation. For individuals (including sole proprietorships) who appetite to accord to a canton candidate’s campaign, the absolute for the 2017-18 acclamation aeon is $800.
For political parties that appetite to accord to a canton candidate’s campaign, the banned for the 2017-18 acclamation aeon are $25,950 for Board of Supervisors and $51,850 for best countywide offices, including commune advocate and sheriff.
All of these banned are per contributor and per election. Plus, the primary and accepted elections calculation as abstracted votes. This agency an alone could accord $800 to a sheriff applicant to be acclimated in the primary and addition $800 to that applicant to be acclimated in the general.
Candidates may acquire contributions appropriate for the accepted acclamation during the primary acclamation attack but cannot use those contributions until the accepted election. Candidates may accord absolute claimed funds to their attack committees.
These committees may accomplish contributions to absolute committees, but not for the purpose of facilitating absolute expenditures for or adjoin added canton candidates. They additionally cannot accomplish contributions to added candidate-controlled committees.
Examples of candidate-controlled committees in the 2017-18 acclamation aeon are Bonnie Dumanis for Supervisor 2018, Nathan Fletcher for Supervisor 2018, Re-Elect Sheriff Gore 2018 and Jones-Wright for Commune Advocate 2018.
Think of these as the cool PACs of the San Diego Canton political world. Absolute committees accommodate political affair committees, acclamation admeasurement committees, committees accustomed to abutment or argue a distinct applicant or a accumulation of candidates in the aforementioned acclamation and committees that are accustomed to abutment or argue a array of candidates beyond assorted elections (like political parties) and others.
Regardless of their purpose, all absolute committees accomplish beneath agnate rules and all are run alone from any candidate-controlled committee.
With the barring of political parties, they cannot accord to candidate-controlled committees. They can, however, absorb absolute amounts of money to abutment and argue candidates by affairs television, radio or online advertising, and by administering acclamation and commitment fliers with pro- or anti-candidate messaging. They are banned from analogous any of these activities with candidates, which is why they are alleged “independent expenditures.” These committees may accomplish absolute contributions to added absolute committees.
With the barring of absolute amount committees, such committees are not apprenticed by addition limits. They may acquire contributions of absolute admeasurement from any antecedent (individuals, corporations, unions, etc.). An absolute amount board is an alone or commodity (like a association or nonprofit) that absolutely self-funds political activities, namely authoritative absolute expenditures. By definition, an absolute amount board does not acquire contributions from sources added than a ancestor organization.
Examples of absolute committees in the 2017-18 acclamation aeon are San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce PAC and San Diegans Adjoin Crime Sponsored by the San Diego Canton Commune Attorney’s Association.
For added advice on attack accounts rules, go to the California Fair Political Practices Commission website.
Editor’s note: This commodity is based on above-mentioned analysis and autograph by above inewsource abstracts anchorman Joe Yerardi.
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