|Elections & Campaigns|
State law requires that local candidates for elective office, elected officeholders, and committees supporting or opposing local candidates or ballot measures file campaign disclosure statements. These statements are for the purpose of allowing the public access to the contributions received and expenditures made by these groups.
To provide greater access to the public, the Sacramento City Code requires that when these groups are required to file a campaign statement (Form 460) such statement shall also be filed electronically. This provision is contained in Sacramento City Code Sections 2.13 (Campaign Contribution Limits) and 2.14 (Campaign Spending Limits and Public Campaign Financing).
To assist filers in meeting this obligation, the City of Sacramento is providing, free of charge, an Internet based electronic campaign disclosure statement filing system.
On May 1, 2007, the Sacramento City Council approved an agreement with Westcoast Online Information Systems (dba NetFile) to provide the City with an electronic campaign disclosure statement filing system. The new system went live in December of 2007 and provides filers with a more robust "accountancy" type filing system, as well as provides the public with a search component.
The NetFile program replaced the system developed by the City & County of San Francisco Department of Telecommunications and Information Services that was purchased and licensed to the City of Sacramento in January of 2001. After 6 years, the San Francisco system is being abandoned by both San Francisco and Sacramento as it is no longer financially or technologically feasible to maintain the program.