Campaign Finance & Ethics

The Fair Political Practices Commission has primary responsibility for the impartial and effective administration of the Political Reform Act. The mission of the Act is to serve as the legal bedrock of governmental ethics in California. It regulates: 

  • Campaign Finance
  • Financial Conflicts of Interest by Public Officials
  • Lobbyist Registration and Reporting
  • Post-Governmental Employment
  • Political Mass Mailings at Public Expense
  • Gifts and Honoraria given to Public Officials and Candidates

Assembly Bill 1234 (AB 1234) is an existing law which provides for the establishment and operations of cities, counties, cities and counties, districts, and other local government agencies, the composition of their governing bodies, and the payment of governing body members for attending meetings and performing other duties, and prescribes conflicts of interest. AB 1234 was approved by the Governor and filed with the Secretary of State on October 7, 2005.  

Pursuant to AB 1234, Section 36514.5, City Council Members may be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official duties.  Reimbursement for these expenses is subject to Sections 53232.2 and 53232.3.

The purpose of California’s Political Reform Act (Act) is to ensure that disclosure of political payments is accurate, timely, and made in a transparent manner. Clear and accurate disclosure is essential for making voters aware of who is paying for political messages so they may evaluate the content and make informed decisions when voting.

In California, the true source of a contribution must be disclosed by:

  • Local candidates
  • Local candidate controlled committees
  • Committees primarily formed to support or oppose a local candidate(s)
  • Superior and Appellate Court judges and candidates for Superior and Appellate Court

Chino Hills Local Candidate Campaign Filings have been provided here for your convenience. 

Form 700 is used by Elected and appointed officials and candidates listed in Government Code Section 87200 and Employees, appointed officials, and consultants filing pursuant to a conflict of interest code (“code filers”).

AB 1234 also requires that if a local agency provides any type of compensation, salary, or stipend to, or reimburses the expenses of, a member of the legislative body, all local agency officials, except a member whose term of office ends before January 1, 2007, in local agency service as of January 1, 2006, or thereafter receive training in ethics, as specified.

Form 806 is used to report additional compensation that officials receive when appointing themselves to positions on committees, boards, or commissions of another public agency or to a committee or position of the agency of which the public official is a member.