Complaint and Case Information Portal
Welcome to the Complaint and Case Information Portal. You can use the Complaint and Case Information Portal to find information related to complaints and cases. The Portal is updated twice per day. Cases appear five days after notice of opening is sent. Complaints appear five days after notification that a determination has been made is sent. Information regarding some complaints and cases may be publicly available sooner than five days after notice is sent, but due to system limitations, the information cannot show on the portal until five days after notice is sent.
NOTE: In using the Complaint Search, a status of “case open” means that a complaint was opened into a case and an investigation is now pending. For the current status of the matter, please check in the Case Search. Results that return “N/A” designate information that is not currently publicly available or cannot populate in the portal due to system limitations. Such information may be available through a public records request.”
- Complaints. The results will show you if a complaint has been opened into a case, combined into an existing case, or rejected five days after a notification that a determination has been made and sent.
- Cases. The results will show you if the case is open and pending or closed.
- Complaint type. This lists the sources of the complaints and cases, including Sworn Complaints, Commission-initiated Complaints (this type includes Non-sworn Complaints and Anonymous Complaints), Staff/Filing Officer Referrals, and AdWatch submissions.
- Complaint and Case jurisdiction. Both city and county are listed.
- All Respondents (the persons accused of violating the Political Reform Act) and Complainants (the persons alleging violations) associated with the complaint or case.
- For complaints, the date the complaint was received. For cases, the date the case was opened, and if applicable, closed.
- Case Violation type. This is what is alleged or proven. This option only applies to cases, not complaints, and includes:
- 2020 Pre-Election
- 2022 Pre-Election
- Annual Fees
- Behested Payment
- Campaign Bank Account
- Campaign Committee Coordination
- Campaign Contribution Limits
- Campaign Non-Filer
- Campaign Non-Reporter
- Campaign Reporting
- Cash and In-Kind Contributions and/or Expenditures
- City of Sacramento Ordinance
- Committee Naming Requirements
- Conflict of Interests
- Filing Officer Duties
- Gift Over-the-Limit
- Gift Reporting
- Laundered Campaign Contributions
- Legal Defense Fund
- Lobbying Reporting
- Mass Mailings
- Misuse of Campaign Funds
- Revolving Door
- San Bernardino County Ordinance
- Slate Mailer Organization Violations
- Statements of Economic Interest Non-Filer
- Statements of Economic Interest Non-Reporter
- Unlawful Honorarium
- Unlawful Travel Payments, Advances, Reimbursements or Other Expenditures.
- Disposition. This information appears after the case has been closed. Dispositions include:
- No Violations Found (No Action or Advisory letter issued)
- Violations Found (Warning letter, Stipulation approved by the Commission, Default approved by the Commission, Civil judgement approved by the Commission, Administrative judgement approved by the Commission, or Administratively terminated).
For complaints, you may select to search by (1) respondent name, (2) complainant name, (3) complaint number (the number automatically assigned to the complaint when the Enforcement Division received it), or (4) jurisdiction – county or city. Once you have your search results, you can focus those results by adding additional categories to search. Important – remember to use the format “COM-” when searching complaints by complaint number. (e.g. COM-01012020-00005)
For cases, you may select to search by (1) respondent name, (2) complainant name, (3) case number, (4) jurisdiction, or (5) case violation type (see the list above for selections). Once you have your search results, you can focus those results by adding additional categories to search. Important – remember to use the format “XXXX-XXXXX” when searching cases by case number (e.g. 2016-00036).
In addition, to search by date: Cases and complaints can be sorted in chronological order by clicking the case or complaint number column. When the arrow indicator is pointing up, the results are in ascending order - newest first. Pointing down means descending order - oldest first. For searches that return many pages of results, the filter box above the search results can provide an additional layer of filtering to narrow down the search using a particular day, month, case/complaint status, jurisdiction, or external party. For advanced searches, the download button on the top right of the search pane can export the search results into PDF or Excel for further data manipulation and processing.
To obtain records of any complaints or cases, first search the Commission’s website at www.fppc.ca.gov. If the records are not available there, submit a CA Public Records request. This form can be found on the Commission’s website and be submitted through email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For ease of reference, the link to the CA Public Records request page is: http://www.fppc.ca.gov/transparency/public-records-request.html.
Please email email@example.com with specific questions regarding the Complaint and Case Information Portal.
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How to File a Complaint
Anyone who suspects a violation of the Act should file a sworn complaint with the Enforcement Division.
Suggestions and Feedback
If you have any suggestions or feedback on the search, please email us.