County of San Benito Clerk, Auditor & Recorder

Forms & Manuals

The following forms and instructions are in Adobe Acrobat “PDF” format. The forms work best with newer versions of the free Adobe Reader software. Many computers have this software installed, but visit the Adobe Reader download site if you need to download Adobe Reader. Please check system requirements to determine the best version of Adobe Reader for your computer. These free versions of the Adobe software allow printing of completed form pages – but not the saving of completed pages to disk. You can also get information about and download tools for the visually impaired, including an accessible .PDF reader, from the Adobe Systems Accessibility Tools web site. If you are experiencing difficulties in printing any of these forms, please refer to this technical document on printing from Adobe.

None of the following forms can be filed electronically with your filing officer or the FPPC, although the San Benito County Elections Division does provide an electronic system to aid in the completion and printing of the Form 460 – eCampaign. The Secretary of State has an electronic filing program for certain campaign and lobbying disclosure statements. For information on electronic filing, see

On this page, we provide links to the most commonly used campaign finance forms, in San Benito County.  This is not a complete list.  For a listing, and links to all campaign Finance forms, please review to the Secretary of State’s Forms page.

Candidate’s Handbook


November 6, 2018 Candidate Handbook

The Candidate’s Handbook for the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election is available here.

For past Candidate’s Handbooks, please visit our Forms & Documents Page.

Form 410 – Statement of Organization Forms and Fact Sheets

Form 410 (05/2017)Statement of Organization
Form 410 Fact Sheet Principal Officer and Treasurer Identification
Form 410 Fact Sheet – Don’t Delay your ID Number

Form 425 – Semi-Annual Statement of No Activity

Form 425 (1/2001)– For use by recipient committees that have not received any contributions and have not made any expenditures during the six-month period covered by a semi-annual statement. Candidate controlled committees formed for an elective office many not use this form.

Form 450 – Recipient Committee Campaign Statement Short Form

Form 450 (01/2016)
To be used by a recipient committee if the committee:

  1. Is not controlled by a candidate;
  2. Has not received a contribution which must be itemized;
  3. Has not received any other payment of $100 or more;
  4. Has no outstanding loans made or received; and
  5. Has no accrued expenses.

Form 460 – Recipient Committee Campaign Statement

This statement is used to disclose receipts and expenditures as well as the filer’s total financial activity for various periodic reports. This form is also used as an amendment to update missing or incorrect information.  Please refer to our Form 460 page for more information and links for this form.

Form 461 – Major Donor & Independent Expenditures

Form 461 Major Donor and Independent Expenditure Committee Campaign Statement

Major donor committees (which make contributions of $10,000 or more in a calendar year) and independent expenditure committees (which make independent expenditures of $1,000 or more in a calendar year to influence our local and state elections)

Form 465 – Supplemental Independent Expense Report

Form 465 Supplemental Independent Expenditure Report (SIE)

The paper statement is used to disclose independent expenditures of $1,000 or more to support or oppose a single candidate or a single measure in the jurisdiction of the election. Electronic filers, who make independent expenditures of $1,000 or more to support or oppose a state candidate or a state measure during the 90 days before an election, are not subject to this paper requirement.

Form 470 – Officeholder and Candidate Campaign Statement

Form 470 (1/2016) Office holder and Candidate Campaign Statement Short Form
AND Form 470 Supplement

Use this form annually if you are an officeholder who earns as a part of that office, more than $200 per month.  Also filed by all candidates who do not intend to spend or receive more than $2000 during their candidacy.

Form 496 – 24 Hour Independent Expenditure Report

Form 496 (01/2016) Independent Expenditure Report

Use this form to report a late independent expenditure. This form must be filed by fax, guaranteed overnight delivery, or personal delivery. Regular mail may not be used. State law or local ordinance also may require this form to be filed electronically.

Form 497 – 24 Hour Contribution Report

Form 497 (01/2016) Contribution Report
This form may be used to report a late contribution. It must be filed by fax, guaranteed overnight delivery service or personal delivery. Regular mail may not be used. State law or local ordinance also may require this form to be filed electronically.

Form 501 – Candidate Intention Statement

Form 501 (1/2016) Candidate Intention Statement
A Candidate for state or local office must file this form prior to solicitation or receipt of any contribution, or expenditure of any personal funds used for the election.

Form 700 – Statement of Economic Interest

Please refer to our Form 700 page in the County Clerk’s section of this website.


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