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California Fair Political Practices Commission

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) of California is a five-member independent nonpartisan commission that has primary responsibility for the impartial and effective administration of the Political Reform Act of 1974. The Commission's objectives are to ensure that public officials act in a fair and unbiased manner in the governmental decision-making process, to promote transparency in government, and to foster public trust in the political system.

Fair Political Practices Commission
Commission overview
Headquarters1102 Q Street, Suite 3000, Sacramento, California
40°44′30.822″N 73°59′21.508″W / 40.74189500°N 73.98930778°W / 40.74189500; -73.98930778
Annual budget$12.929 m USD (2018-2019)
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The Commission is similar to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in its campaign finance responsibilities. It differs from the FEC in its authority in lobbying and conflicts of interest.

It was created by California Proposition 9 in the June 1974 elections, known as the Political Reform Act of 1974, regulates campaign financing, conflicts of interest, lobbying, and governmental ethics.



Commissioner Position Term Appointing Officer
Alice Germond Chair 2018-2019 Governor Jerry Brown
Vacant Commissioner Governor Jerry Brown
Brian Hatch Commissioner 2017–2021 Secretary of State Alex Padilla
Allison Hayward Commissioner 2017–2021 Controller Betty Yee
Frank Cardenas Commissioner 2018–2021 Attorney General Xavier Becerra
Commission Executive Director and Division Chiefs
Name Position
Thomas "T.J." Jones Executive Director
David Bainbridge General Counsel
Galena West Enforcement Chief
Loressa Hon Chief of Administration

List of Fair Political Practices Commissioner ChairsEdit

Chair Term
Daniel Lowenstein 1975–1979
Tom Houston 1979–1983
Dan Stanford 1983–1985
John Larson 1986–1991
Ben Davidian 1991–1995
Ravi Mehta 1995–1997
James Hall 1997–1999
Karen Getman 1999–2003
Liane Randolph 2003–2007
Ross Johnson 2007–2010
Dan Schnur 2010–2011
Ann Ravel 2011–2014
Jodi Remke 2015–2018
Alice Germond 2018-Present

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