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jdberger
04-20-2010, 8:19 PM
I've a research project for anyone who's interested.

What are the CA State rules on creation of a PAC? What does it allow people to do, what restrictions come with it?

What are the Federal rules on creation of a PAC? What does it allow people to do, what restrictions come with it?

Can a loosely organized group of people act in concert without the benefit/restriction of being organized as a PAC? Can they, for instance, pool campaign contributions? Can they canvass wearing matching outfits? Can they hold fundraisers?

I've had a number of people contact me looking for ways to help the cause. Who's up for some grunt work?

This has the potential for being fun!

Can'thavenuthingood
04-20-2010, 8:47 PM
I started here and still reading.
http://www.fppc.ca.gov/

By the way, I'm in.

Act is in .pdf
http://www.fppc.ca.gov/

Forms & Manuals here
http://www.fppc.ca.gov/index.php?id=234

Vick

Can'thavenuthingood
04-20-2010, 9:01 PM
http://www.fppc.ca.gov/index.php?id=3

Looks like paragraph 4 applies to the loose knit individual scenario.
Campaign committees, including:

1. Candidate controlled committees: State and local candidates and officeholders who receive contributions totaling $1,000 or more in a calendar year;

2. Recipient committees: Individuals and organizations that receive contributions--$1,000 or more in a calendar year--to support or oppose state or local candidates, or to qualify, support or oppose state or local ballot measures, including initiative, referendum and recall measures (either primarily formed to support or oppose a single candidate or ballot measure, or more than one candidate or measure being voted on in a single election, or general purpose to support or oppose a variety of candidates and/or measures);

3. Major donor committees: Individuals or entities that use their own money (i.e., personal funds, corporate or business funds) to make contributions totaling $10,000 or more in a calendar year to candidates or to committees supporting or opposing candidates or ballot measures;

4. Independent expenditure committees: Individuals or entities that use their own money to make "independent expenditures" totaling $1,000 or more in a calendar year to support or oppose candidates or measures (e.g., Jane Brown uses personal funds to send a mailing to voters or to purchase an advertisement supporting a candidate, but she does so independently--not in coordination with the candidate or his or her campaign committee).


To be an actual committee, other than loose knit individuals, aForm 540 (http://www.sos.ca.gov/prd/forms/450.pdf)must be filed with the Secretary of State.


Vick

obeygiant
04-20-2010, 10:01 PM
http://www.fppc.ca.gov/index.php?id=3

Looks like paragraph 4 applies to the loose knit individual scenario.
Campaign committees, including:

1. Candidate controlled committees: State and local candidates and officeholders who receive contributions totaling $1,000 or more in a calendar year;

2. Recipient committees: Individuals and organizations that receive contributions--$1,000 or more in a calendar year--to support or oppose state or local candidates, or to qualify, support or oppose state or local ballot measures, including initiative, referendum and recall measures (either primarily formed to support or oppose a single candidate or ballot measure, or more than one candidate or measure being voted on in a single election, or general purpose to support or oppose a variety of candidates and/or measures);

3. Major donor committees: Individuals or entities that use their own money (i.e., personal funds, corporate or business funds) to make contributions totaling $10,000 or more in a calendar year to candidates or to committees supporting or opposing candidates or ballot measures;

4. Independent expenditure committees: Individuals or entities that use their own money to make "independent expenditures" totaling $1,000 or more in a calendar year to support or oppose candidates or measures (e.g., Jane Brown uses personal funds to send a mailing to voters or to purchase an advertisement supporting a candidate, but she does so independently--not in coordination with the candidate or his or her campaign committee).


To be an actual committee, other than loose knit individuals, aForm 540 (http://www.sos.ca.gov/prd/forms/450.pdf)must be filed with the Secretary of State.


Vick

Nice work Vick!

KylaGWolf
04-20-2010, 10:49 PM
This was on the Form 540 take it as you will:

Type of Recipient Committee:
Check one box to indicate the type of committee
filing the statement.
Ballot Measure Committees
A person, entity, or organization that receives
contributions totaling $1,000 or more during a
calendar year for the primary purpose of supporting
or opposing the qualification, passage, or defeat of
one or more ballot measures. A controlled
committee is one that is controlled directly or
indirectly by an officeholder, candidate, or proponent
of a state ballot measure or that acts jointly with an
officeholder, candidate, or proponent of a state ballot
measure in connection with making expenditures.
Primarily Formed Candidate/Officeholder
Committees
A person, entity, or organization that receives
contributions totaling $1,000 or more during a
calendar year to support or oppose a single
candidate or officeholder, or two or more candidates
or officeholders who are being voted upon in the
same city, county, or multi-county election. This type
of committee is not controlled by the candidate(s) or
officeholder(s).
General Purpose Committees
A person, entity, or organization that receives
contributions totaling $1,000 or more during a
calendar year to support or oppose various
candidates and measures (e.g., political parties,
political action committees).
Sponsored Committee
A sponsored committee is one that has a sponsor—a
business entity, organization, union, or other entity—
that meets certain criteria. Sponsored committees
must include the name of the sponsor in the name of
the committee.
Small Contributor Committee:
A small contributor committee is one that has been in
existence for more than six months; receives
contributions from 100 or more persons; makes
contributions to five or more candidates; and has not
received more than $200 from one person in a
calendar year. A small contributor committee has a
higher limit on the amount of contributions it can
make to a state candidate.
Type of Statement:
Check the appropriate box(es) to indicate the type of
statement you are filing (or amending).
CALIFORNIA
FORM 450
Amendments: If you are filing an amendment to a
previously filed statement, give a brief explanation of
the amendment and attach the pages being
amended. Be sure to enter the period covered of the
statement you are amending.
Termination: A committee must continue filing
campaign statements each year until it is eligible to
terminate and files a Form 410 Termination.
Committee Information:
Enter the committee’s full name, identification
number, address, and telephone number as stated
on the Statement of Organization, Form 410, filed
with the Secretary of State. Note on the form if the
identification number has not yet been received from
the Secretary of State’s office. Then enter the
treasurer’s name, the assistant treasurer’s name (if
any), their permanent addresses and telephone
numbers during business hours.
Verification:
The statement must be signed by the committee
treasurer or the assistant treasurer named on the
committee’s Statement of Organization (Form 410).
An officeholder, candidate, or state measure
proponent who controls the committee must also
sign the statement. If two or three officeholders,
candidates, or proponents control the committee,
each must sign the statement. If more than three
control the committee, one may sign on behalf of the
others.
Under certain circumstances, the responsible officer
of a sponsoring organization must sign the
statement

KylaGWolf
04-20-2010, 10:54 PM
Vick I could be wrong but I don't think that we could be considered a group under paragraph four. If you are thinking of taking the members of Calguns.net and forming a PAC. The sheer number of people involved would more than likely fall under number 3 though.

Can'thavenuthingood
04-21-2010, 4:58 AM
Kyla I'm thinking we could do both paragraph's 3 & 4.

Vick