March 26, 2020 •
FPPC Offers Guidance on Behested Payment Reporting in Wake of COVID-19
Individuals and businesses in California are coming to the aide of those in need through donations of money and supplies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
In many instances, elected officials are instrumental in raising donations for these purposes, whether for charitable or government organizations.
In doing so, an elected official should be aware of and may be required to file a behested payment report.
The current statewide shelter-in-place order, closure of government offices, and various other circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic may make it difficult to file these reports on time.
The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) encourages elected officials to make best efforts to timely file behested payment reports.
If circumstances caused by the pandemic inhibit an official’s ability to file reports, the official should communicate these issues to their agency and document all attempts to file and the issues faced.
If an official makes best efforts to comply with the Political Reform Act’s behested payment reporting rules but is unable to do so due to the pandemic, the FPPC will consider this a strong mitigating factor in determining whether an enforcement action against the official is appropriate.
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