The toolkit is part of an ongoing effort to make campaign reporting requirements easier for public officials to do and the public to see and provides step-by-step instructions to prospective candidates on how to comply with various state-mandated disclosure requirements. The Candidate Toolkit condenses several manuals already available by the FPPC into a comprehensive, easy-to-use format. It also includes links to the required disclosure forms, filing deadlines, regulations and frequently asked questions to the FPPC.
The FPPC has a renewed emphasis on utilizing technology to increase transparency. One of these efforts, the Top 10 Contributor Lists, was launched just before the start of the 2014 elections and was very well received by the public and interested stakeholders.
It is under this same umbrella the FPPC developed this Candidate Toolkit to help demystify the rules candidates must follow to run for office. One of the key thoughts driving this project was that not every candidate, especially at the local level, can afford or should be forced to obtain a political attorney or professional treasurer to run for office. The toolkit keeps jargon to a minimum and also leverages some of the important resources the FPPC already had into an easily digestible and intuitive webpage.