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Join the Matching Funds Program

Candidates running city office must comply with the Campaign Finance Act and Board Rules. Once you have started your campaign, you can opt to join the Campaign Finance Program in the election year. The voluntary Campaign Finance Program helps candidates run competitive campaigns by providing matching funds.

To join the Program and become eligible to receive public funds, candidates must:

  1. Certify into the program by completing a Certification form.
  2. Submit a financial disclosure filing with the Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB) from the COIB to the CFB. Participants cannot receive public funds until they fulfill this requirement.
  3. Reach a two-part threshold that varies by office sought.
  4. Abide by a strict spending limit.

Read more about the Program in Chapter 6 of the Handbook.