|California Donor Table wants to keep our members and donors in our network informed about the California rules concerning Major Donor Reporting to help keep donors in compliance. Toward this end, we want to remind you that 24-hour reporting is required within 90 days of election day, or as of August 10, 2022.
This means that major donors are required to report contributions of $1,000 or more in the aggregate made to or in connection with a candidate or ballot measure being voted on the November 8 ballot, or to a political party committee. (Note: CA Working Families Party does not count as a political party for these purposes.)
Who is a Major Donor?
A “major donor” is anyone who makes political contributions totaling $10,000 or more to California state or local candidates, their controlled committees, ballot measures, other political committees or political parties within a calendar year (1/1 – 12/31 annually). If you reach the $10,000 contribution threshold within a calendar year, you are considered a California Major Donor and are subject to reporting your donations.
When are Reports Due?
- Generally, reports are due semi-annually. You can find the reporting deadlines on the FPPC website – reports are due within 30 days after June 30 and December 31. The 1st semi-annual report for 2022 was due on August 1, 2022 (for 1/1 – 6/30/22 contributions) and the 2nd is due on January 31, 2023 (for the entire calendar year).
- 24-Hour Contribution Reports are required for contributions that aggregate to $1,000 or more made within 90 days of an election, including contributions to political party committees. For the November 2022 general election, August 10 is the start date for the 24-hour reporting period (and all 24-hour reports must be e-filed, even if you have spent less than $25,000 to date).