The CFB provides independent spenders with several resources to assist them in complying with IE disclosure rules.
The Independent Spender Guide provides information about IE disclosures and compliance. The Board may implement heavy serious penalties on noncompliant spenders.
Don’t be late! Once their spending reaches the threshold, independent spenders must submit disclosure on a defined schedule using the Independent Expenditure Disclosure System (IEDS).
The CFB offers optional training sessions to assist independents spenders with compliance requirements. The training offers a clear and detailed overview of IE disclosure requirements and demonstrates the CFB’s Independent Expenditure Disclosure System (IEDS).
The Campaign Finance Act and CFB rules provide the CFB with oversight and enforcement authority over campaign and independent spending for city offices. Although the CFB audits every campaign and reviews independent expenditures thoroughly, there are times when information regarding potential violations are unavailable to the CFB. In such cases, the CFB looks for assistance from those in the field and members of the public.
Political consultants must be aware of potential campaign finance violations that may arise for them and their clients when they choose to work for both candidates and independent spenders simultaneously. Doing work for both types of clients can lead to violations of the Act and Rules by candidates, independent spenders, and consultants. This guidance is to provide information to consultants on when their work may cause issues for their clients and themselves.