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Office of the City Attorney 
Attn. Campaign Guidance
200 E. Santa Clara St.
16th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

Ph: (408) 535-1900
Fx: (408) 998-3131
Campaign Guidance
The City Attorney’s Office provides legal interpretation of the San José Municipal Code regarding elections and ethics. This includes:
  • Drafting and issuing written guidance for candidates for office and petitioners for local ballot initiatives regarding legal compliance with relevant municipal, Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), state, or other regulations relating to elections.
  • Responding to questions from candidates, councilmembers, and committees relating to municipal election rules, including compliance, filing deadlines, and reporting of contributions.
  • Any other inquiries relating to the Code of Ethics, including but not limited to rules regulating gifts, campaign contributions, and lobbying.

Please note that although the City Attorney’s Office can provide guidance on state law and FPPC regulations, ultimately the FPPC is charged with the responsibility of interpreting its own rules.

Office of the City Clerk
The City Clerk is the Elections Official for the City of San José. The City Clerk’s Office answers questions related to what forms or other paperwork is required to be filed and what information is needed to be on such paperwork. All election and campaign paperwork must be filed with the Office of the City Clerk.

Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)
The FPPC is the State agency that enforces State laws regarding, among other things, campaign financing and spending, financial conflicts of interest, and gifts and honoraria given to public officials and candidates under the Political Reform Act. The FPPC provides written and oral advice to public agencies, candidates and officials on the requirements of the Political Reform Act. The FPPC’s Advice Line can be reached at 1-866-ASK-FPPC (1-866-275-3772) or

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