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California Fair Elections Act Of 2008; Fair Elections Eligibility   

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(a) A qualified candidate shall collect at least one-half of the number of qualifying contributions as required for an office-qualified candidate for the same office. A qualified candidate may show a greater base of support by collecting double the amount of qualifying contributions as required for an office-qualified candidate to become a performance-qualified candidate. The candidate shall also file a declaration with the commission that the candidate has complied and will comply with all of the requirements of this act.

(b) An independent candidate who does not run in a primary may become a performance-qualified candidate by collecting twice as many qualifying contributions as required of an office-qualified candidate. The qualifying period for such candidates shall begin any time after January 1 of the election year and shall last 180 days, except that it shall end no later than 90 days before the general election. An independent candidate shall notify the commission within 24 hours of the day when the candidate has begun collecting qualifying contributions. The candidate shall also file a declaration with the commission that he or she has complied and will comply with all of the requirements of this chapter.

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