Advice Letters and Commission Opinions

Advice Letters

Advice issued by the Fair Political Practices Commission provides guidance to the person requesting the advice and is based on the specific facts that person has provided and the language contained in the law at the time the advice was issued. While the advice may provide guidance to others, the immunity provided by each letter is limited to the requestor and to the specific facts contained in the formal written advice. 

Advice letters do not constitute an opinion of the Commission nor is it a declaration of policy by the Commission.  

You can search through advice letters issued by the Commission. Search Advice Letters

Commission Opinions

The five-member Commission may choose to issue opinions - a type of formal advice - which are precedent setting interpretations of the Political Reform Act. Since 1974, over 100 opinions have been issued by the Commission. 

The rules for requesting an opinion from the Commission and the procedures for the Commission to issue a formal opinion are detailed in the following regulations.

You can search the all of the opinions issued by the Commission Search Commission Opinions.