About the CA Form 497

Applies To: California

The CA Form 497, or 24-hour Contribution Report, is based on Support/Oppose Memos. If you don’t see any transactions, check to make sure there is a Support/Oppose Memo on the transaction you’re expecting to report.

Political Action Committees do not have to report Contributions Received, so Page 1 is automatically excluded for PAC filers.

Version Differences

  • Standard: filed by state and local committees making or receiving contributions whose combined total is $1,000 or more in the 90 days before an election.
  • Ten Business Day: must be filed within 10 business days by state committees that make contributions totaling $5,000 or more in connection with a state ballot measure or state committees that receive single contributions of $5,000 or more. 
  • Ten Business Day-Qualification: must be filed within 10 business days by state committees that make contributions totaling $5,000 or more to support or oppose the qualification or passage of a single state or local ballot measure. 
  • Third Pre-Election Report: for certain Local Jurisdictions (ie: San Diego) who are choosing to use the 497 for a Third Pre-Election Report instead of the 460. 
  • Threshold Transactions Only: shows ONLY the transaction associated with the entity that reaches the $1000 or more threshold.
  • Transactions Regardless of Current Election: includes ALL transactions in the time period, rather than those just associated with what is selected for “Current Election”.
  • Two Hundred Fifty Report Itemization: for local committees making or receiving contributions whose combined total is $250.00 or more in the 90 days before an election.