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California Fair Elections Act Of 2008; Article 4. Fair Elections Eligibility   

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(a) An office-qualified candidate qualifies as a participating candidate for the primary election campaign period if the following requirements are met:

(1) The candidate files a declaration with the commission that the candidate has complied and will comply with all of the requirements of this act, including the requirement that during the exploratory period and the qualifying period the candidate not accept or spend private contributions from any source other than seed money contributions, qualifying contributions, Fair Elections funds, and political party funds as specified in Section 91123.

(2) The candidate meets the following qualifying contribution requirements before the close of the qualifying period:

(A) The office-qualified candidate shall collect at least 7,500 qualifying contributions.

(B) Each qualifying contribution shall be acknowledged by a receipt to the contributor, with a copy submitted by the candidate to the county registrar of voters in the county where the candidate files his or her declaration of candidacy. The receipt shall include the contributor's signature, printed name, and address, the date, and the name of the candidate on whose behalf the contribution is made. In addition, the receipt shall indicate by the contributor's signature that the contributor understands that the purpose of the qualifying contribution is to help the candidate qualify for Fair Elections campaign funding, that the contribution is the only qualifying contribution the contributor has provided to a candidate for this office, and that the contribution is made without coercion or reimbursement.

(C) A contribution submitted as a qualifying contribution that does not include a signed and fully completed receipt shall not be counted as a qualifying contribution.

(D) All five-dollar ($5) qualifying contributions, whether in the form of cash, check, or money order made out to the candidate's campaign account, shall be deposited by the candidate in the candidate's campaign account.

(E) All qualifying contributions' signed receipts shall be sent to the county registrar of voters in the county where the candidate files his or her declaration of candidacy and shall be accompanied by a check or other written instrument from the candidate's campaign account for the total amount of qualifying contribution funds received for deposit in the Fair Elections Fund. This submission shall be accompanied by a signed statement from the candidate indicating that all of the information on the qualifying contribution receipts is complete and accurate to the best of the candidate's knowledge and that the amount of the enclosed check or other written instrument is equal to the sum of all of the five-dollar ($5) qualifying contributions the candidate has received. County registrars of voters shall forward these checks or other written instruments to the commission.

(b) A candidate qualifies as a participating candidate for the general election campaign period if both of the following requirements are met:

(1) The candidate met all of the applicable requirements and filed a declaration with the commission that the candidate has fulfilled and will fulfill all of the requirements of a participating candidate as stated in this act.

(2) As a participating party candidate during the primary election campaign period, the candidate had the highest number of votes of the candidates contesting the primary election from the candidate's respective party and, therefore, won the party's nomination.

(Added by Stats. 2008, Ch. 735, Sec. 4.)