How to File a Complaint
Anyone who suspects a violation of the Act should file a sworn complaint with the Enforcement Division.
Case Resolutions (Without Fine/Penalty)
Some cases resolve without the issuance of an administrative penalty. In those instances, the FPPC's Enforcement Division will issue a letter to the person or persons complained about to conclude the case. There are three types of letters used.
- Warning Letters – A Warning Letter is issued if a violation of the Act is found but the seriousness of the offense is low, public harm is minimal, and/or other mitigation is found so that a monetary fine is not warranted. Since no administrative penalty is imposed, these letters are issued by the Enforcement Division and do not require approval by the Commissioners.
- Advisory Letters - If there is insufficient evidence to prosecute a case but the person complained about appears to need information about the Act to ensure future compliance, the Enforcement Division closes the case with an advisory letter.
- No Action Closure Letters - A No Action Closure letter will be issued for circumstances including: insufficient evidence to prosecute, further information would not be helpful to move forward, the allegation has been disproven, the potential violations lack sufficient public harm to pursue, or the potential violations are being addressed in another forum.
Warning, advisory, and no action closure letters will be posted online. All such letters that have been issued since July 1, 2009 may be found below, along with a search box and drop down menus to more easily look up letters with certain words, names, or dates.